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10 Tips for Keeping Your Heat Inside Your Home This Winter

During the winter season we all break out the extra blankets and bundle up. Drafts and home leaks not only let in the cold air but draws out the warm air. Here are some tips on how to stay warm this winter, while saving money and energy.

  1. Install a programmable thermostat.

Installing a programmable thermostat is a very easy way to save energy and costs on your heating bills. No need to heat your home when nobody is there. Program your thermostat ahead of time to go on shortly before you arrive home and to lower the temperature right before you leave for the day. This Old House recommends the following temperatures for your programmable thermostat.

  • 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. = 68 degrees
  • 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. = 60 degrees
  • 5:30 to 11 p.m. = 68 degrees
  • 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. = 60 degrees
  1. Let sunlight in during the day.

Keep in mind that the sun is free heat (even on the coldest of days). Open your curtains during the day to capture the sunlight. And, once the sun goes down at night, keep those curtains closed. If you’re living in the Northeast, you may want to consider insulated curtains. They can help to keep your home warm.

  1. Are your ceiling fans spinning the right way?

Did you know that many ceiling fans have a winter setting? We all know that heat rises. A clockwise spinning fan will push heat down to the rooms rather than trapping the heat by the ceiling. This is especially recommended if you have high ceilings.

  1. Home Heating Services

We all like to think that our heating equipment is running at optimum efficiency. Make sure that your heating system is checked by a professional who will do a check of the equipment to make sure that its energy efficient. We can help you. Find out more here.

  1. Move furniture away from vents.

Double check all the furniture in your house. Without realizing it you may have placed furniture in front of or on a vent. Make sure the vents aren’t blocked. If they are, find a way to move your furniture around to gain maximum air flow.

  1. Check for leaks and gaps.

Most heat is lost through leaks and gaps within the home. Your best bet is to seal what you can but you first have to find those leaks. To test this out, light a candle and carry it with you throughout the house, holding it close to the doors and windows. When you hold it still and it flickers, you have a possible gap. For doors, buy a door sweep to seal the gaps at the bottom. Use weather stripping for areas around your windows.

  1. Keep certain rooms toasty warm by closing doors.

For rooms used all the time consider closing the door to create a little pocket of heat in the room. Overnight the heat will become trapped in the room and you then become nice a warm in the morning. Don’t forget that you can also close doors to rooms that aren’t used in your home — just make sure you also close the vents in those rooms. This acts to lower the heated square footage, and the warm air will spread quicker and easier through the areas of the house you are in the most.

  1. Use the oven.

Not to heat your home of course as that would be a serious hazard. But, this might be the perfect time to bake those delicious treats. Baking will keep your house warmer, especially in rooms nearest the kitchen.

  1. Add layers to your wood floors.

Wood floors are always so nice but can result in a 10% loss of your home’s heat. Place a carpet or rug down to keep rooms warmer. They will trap the heat in your rooms and make you feel much more comfortable.

  1. Perform an energy audit.

All of the above will work well but it may be best to have an energy audit done on your home. A professional can come into your home and check for leaks, see if your insulation is adequate, check your heating equipment and more. Click here to read our blog post to see if an energy audit is the best step for you.

Using these tips and tricks can certainly help to make a big difference in your energy efficiency and winter heating bills. In addition to the above tips, remember that it’s OK to snuggle up in a warm robe and drink some hot chocolate too.


Sources: This Old House, Art of Manliness