While the colder months can be a great time to build a fire and cozy up with loved ones, keeping your house warm when Winter comes around will allow you to feel comfortable in your home without wearing a parka! Here are 6 easy ways to keep your home nice and warm when a cold front rolls in.
Utilize the Sun
On days when the sun is shining, make sure to allow as much of that solar energy into your home as possible. Keep your curtains open and your blinds up in spots where the sun is shining, as this will help keep your house warm when the sun goes down. For rooms that are shielded from the sunlight, you will want to keep those curtains closed. There’s no sense in letting the heat out if the sun is unable to penetrate certain windows.
Curtains Can Help
While you’ll want to make sure your curtains are open on sunny days, keeping them closed at night is just as important. Failing to close your curtains once the sun sets will let all of the solar heat in your home escape. If your house is particularly cold, consider placing additional blankets or sheets over windows and/or doors for maximum heat retention.
Use (or Don’t Use) Your Fireplace
A fire would seem like the logical way to combat the cold in your home. However, lighting a fire can mean bringing in cold air to the rest of your home. If you don’t plan on using your fireplace, you will want to ensure the flue is completely closed. You can even clog the chimney with proper insulation to further reduce heat loss in your home.
To ensure the warm stays in and the cold stays out, you’ll want to insulate most, if not all elements of your home. Insulating the floor with thick carpets and/or rugs will keep heat from escaping through the floor. Since heat rises, your attic will be prone to allowing vast amounts of heat to escape, so make sure it is properly insulated. Even consider insulating any pipes in your basement to ensure the heat generated from these pipes is being channeled into your house.
Prep Your Windows
Your windows can be responsible for letting out a large amount of heat within your home, so you’ll want to spend some time preparing your windows for the cold weather ahead of time. An easy way to keep heat from escaping is to fill in any cracks or holes around your windows. By tightly filling in any gaps in your windows with insulation, your windows will be far more likely to keep the heat in and the cold out.
Keep Vents Uncovered
Let your vents pump heat throughout your home by making sure they’re not blocked by any large objects (couches, furniture, etc.). It may be a pain, but reorganizing your rooms to ensure your heating vents are not being blocked will make a huge difference in terms of keeping your house nice and warm.