5 Tips for Making Your Home Warmer
With winter weather bearing down on a very large part of the country right now, it’s never been more important to keep your home warm. A cold house can cost you big if you’re not careful, and in more ways than one. High heating bills, doctor bills if your family gets sick, prescription meds and home repairs caused by the cold can all become budget busters very easily.
To keep those bills in check, use these 5 tips for making your home warmer to keep your home nice and toasty.
Seal the windows
For most people, this is a no-brainer, but you would be surprised at how many people know it but don’t actually do it. Taking the time to use a window kit, or even thick trash bags and sealing your windows from any leaks can save you hundreds and not only during the winter.
Seal any cracks
Walk through your home very slowly and methodically and find the areas where cold air is coming in. Once you’ve figured out where they are, start sealing them. Use anything you can to “plug” the holes. If they’re small, seal them with a sealant, if they’re larger, plug the holes. Use old towels, old rugs or whatever, just get them sealed.
Shut off unused rooms
If you’ve got rooms that you’re not using, shut the vents off and close the doors making sure that you plug the crack at the bottom of the door. The heat that would normally blow through the vent in that room will now go through the rest of the vents in the house and you’ll no longer be heating a room that no one is in.
Change the filters
When is the last time you changed your furnace filters? If it’s been a while, your furnace probably isn’t heating your home as well as it could be. Pick up a cheap replacement filter and give it a go. When your furnace works at its best, your home stays warmer.
Check the attic –
If you have an attic, be sure to check it to make sure that it’s insulated properly. If it’s not, you’re losing warm air through there. It can be costly to properly insulate, but in the end, you’ll be glad you spent the money.