Winter months bring cold temperatures and warm clothing, but are you bundling up in your fuzzy clothes more than usual? If you feel like your house doesn’t stay warm, continue reading for some tips for keeping your home warm in the winter!
Keep the Vents Clear of Furniture
You organized your home with the perfect, functional layout to suit your needs—but did you check to make sure none of your furniture covers your vents?
When furniture items sit beside or on top of the vents, it blocks the flow of heat. Fortunately, the fix is simple: move the furniture away from vents to optimize heat flow.
Reduce Window Heat Loss
Windows aren’t insulated like the walls of your home. Because of this, there’s a considerable amount of heat lost through windows during colder months.
There are, however, ways to limit the amount of heat lost through windows. First, check for damaged sealant. If you find areas where outside air may be getting in, caulk or add a weatherstrip to prevent the cold air from leaking in and warm air from exiting your home.
If this repair doesn’t do the trick, you can always install new windows! Consider installing double-glazed windows that have two sheets of glass separated by an insulated air gap. This will keep the cold air out while trapping the warm air inside.
Insulated Garage Door
Your garage door could be letting in substantial cold air. After all, you probably have experienced how much colder your garage is than the rest of your house during winter.
To ensure your garage door protects you against the cold as much as possible, find insulation for your residential garage door. This insulation will help prevent cold air from intruding, keeping your garage and, by extension, your home a lot warmer.
Replace the Furnace Filter
How often do you change out the furnace filter? A clogged furnace filter increases energy costs by making your furnace work harder. And even though the furnace works tirelessly, your home won’t reap the benefits because of the clogged filter.
If you’re having issues keeping your house warm, it might be time to check and replace the furnace filter. For regular maintenance, keep in mind that a one- to two-inch filter needs replacement every one to three months, while a five- to six-inch filter needs replacement only every nine to 12 months.
These tips for keeping your home warm in the winter will help you stay cozy despite the cold. Keep an extra blanket nearby, drink some hot cocoa, and snuggle up in your now warmer house!