If you live in a particularly cold region, you know just how expensive it can get to heat your home in the winter. Aside from all the different ways that you need to prepare your car and alter your attire for the weather, you have to get your house prepared as well. If you don’t, you could spend the winter either freezing, or paying far too much money to stay warm. If you want to be prepared, here are five ways to keep your home warm in winter for less.
- Make sure there aren’t any energy leaks in your home. If you are feeling any drafts coming through your windows or doors, you are going to want to fix them right away. Make sure that all of your doors have solid weather stripping, and that all of your windows are air tight. In addition, you want to make sure that all of your ductwork is clean, and it’s a good idea to change the air filter on your HVAC system as well.
- Make sure your attic and your crawl space are properly insulated. When it comes down to it, your attic and your crawl space may not be properly insulated. In order for your insulation to properly heat and cool your home, it has to be the correct R-value for the region in which you live. It’s not a bad idea to do a little research online and then double check your insulation to be sure that yours is correct.
- Cook more. The more that you cook on your stove, and especially in your oven, the warmer your house will be. In the wintertime, you want to be filling your house with the sweet and spicy aromas inherent to the season, both for the ambience that it creates, and the heat that it generates. So take the opportunity while you’re all cooped up inside to both heat your home and make some tasty wintertime meals in your oven – and spend some quality time with your family in the kitchen.
- Use space heaters. In all likelihood, there won’t often be times when every room of your house is being used or occupied. So there’s no sense in heating the entire house all at once. If you plan to spend a lot of time in just one or two rooms, it’s probably best to use a space heater, rather than spend a lot of money heating the entire house. You just don’t want to leave a space heater on and unattended, as they run a high risk for catching fire.
- Have your HVAC system inspected. If you haven’t had someone from Eagar Heating and Cooling come in and take a look at your HVAC system, now is definitely a good time. The truth of the matter is, HVACs need to be inspected and maintained on at least a yearly basis to ensure that they are working properly and efficiently. It may seem like a pain, but it will save you a lot of money in the long run.