When cold weather arrives, the last thing you want is to feel it inside your home. You also don't want your furnace to have to work any harder than necessary, so that your energy costs aren't higher than they need to be. Here are 5 tips for keeping your home warm this winter:
1. Check weather stripping underneath all exterior doors, and check the seals. Hold a lit candle all around the perimeter of each exterior door; if air is getting in, the flame will flicker. The smallest crack can let in a lot of cold air, especially if it's windy outside. Check window seals too, and caulk around outdoor window frames to eliminate cracks that can let cold air indoors.
2. Install a whole-home humidifier. When you increase the humidity inside a home, it helps the indoor air feel warmer than it actually is. This lets you set your thermostat lower, reducing energy costs. You'll also notice a reduction in static electricity, and your skin will feel less dry and itchy.
3. Check the insulation level in your attic. A properly insulated attic can save between 10-50% on a home's heating costs, according to the Department of Energy. Inadequate insulation allows heat to escape through the attic, causing your furnace to work harder and increasing your heating bill.
4. Another entry point for cold air into a home is through the chimney. Be sure to keep the fireplace flue closed whenever it's not being used.
5. Lay down some area rugs on hardwood and tile floors for added warmth. Make sure curtains, furniture, and other home decor aren't blocking heating vents. Adding thick or thermal curtains and drapes can also help hold warm air inside the home. During very cold weather, consider adding plastic sheeting made especially for windows.
For additional tips for keeping your home warm this winter, please contact:
Mr. Handyman of Wheaton-Hinsdale
245 W. Roosevelt Road #69
West Chicago, IL