Cooler days are upon, so it’s important for homeowners to prepare for the chill. That being said, you will have to make sure to keep your home warm as winter approaches. However, heating can cost you a lot, especially when temperatures reach historic lows and you will have to turn the thermostat to its highest setting.
Luckily, there are ways you can do to get around the high cost of heating. And it’s not about changing the entire heating system. There are numerous and more practical methods you can use to keep your home warm without driving up your heating bill.
Let’s look at some of these cost-effective heating strategies for this coming winter season.
- Maintain great heat insulation
Whether you are living in a prefabricated home or one that’s built on-site, you may as well focus on improving heat insulation. Homes that are made from prefab materials, for one, are specifically made to offer greater temperature control, so it’s important to consider the types of materials you should use to assemble the home.
On the other hand, if you’re home is made from the ground up, make sure to inspect the property for any air leaks that can cause heat escape. Immediately seal any gaps that are found in your basement or attic. For windows and doors, place your hand near the hinges. If you feel any cold air, then locate these gaps and seal them up.
- Use a digital thermostat
You can’t always overhaul your entire heating system, but you can at least replace your thermostat with a programmable one. Digital thermostats are great for saving you a lot of money by adjusting the heat in your home according to external and internal conditions. You can also set these devices to adjust automatically based on your location. This works best if you’re living in states that experience multiple climates.
With a programmable thermostat, you can effectively eliminate cold areas around the house. You can have it scheduled for different times of the day or depending on your family’s preferences. But probably the best thing about these types of thermostats is that they can reduce power consumption by a great deal.
- Close your curtains before you sleep
Interior heat can easily escape even when you’re windows are closed. To make avoid greater heat loss, opt to install heavy thermal curtains that can absorb heat during nighttime. When you live in place where the temperatures can reach near-polar conditions, it helps to keep your windows secured.
For this, make sure to use curtains made from wool or any other material that can deflect heat and prevent it from escaping. This will ensure that your rooms are kept warm even until morning.
- Let natural light sink in
When the sun is shining, make sure to take this as an opportunity to take in natural heat. So, when the clouds clear up, open your windows and curtains and let your interiors bask in sunlight. That way, you won’t have to increase your heating.