Bundle Up Your Home to Stay Warm
Posted On: November 2, 2017
With winter just on the horizon, cold weather is close enough to shoot shivers down your spine. The obvious solution to this problem is to crank up your heat. But what if we told you there was another way? One that would let you save money on your energy bill?
Keep cozy this season by bundling up your house with these easy tips, so your energy bill freezes instead.
Cushion Up Your Curtains – The thicker the curtain, the more heat you can keep from slipping out your window. Curtains with a thermal lining are incredibly cost effective, though if you are looking for a do-it-yourself option you can just line your current curtains with materials like fleece or PVC shower curtains.
PRO TIP: Be sure to let the sunlight in during the day! Sunlight is natural (free) heat, so soak up as much as possible.
Don’t Overlook the Windows! – Even with thick curtains, you can lose heat through glass. Double-pane windows offer added insulations, but DIY-projects like a layer of bubble-wrap or plastic sheeting can work too.
Close the Door on the Cold – Consider investing in a door with a foam insulation core for optimal insulation. If you have a glass door, you can take the same precautions you take with windows. While a fur rug or a plastic shower curtain over a door may be odd looking, you can’t argue with all the bonus heat retained.
A Bare Floor is a Cold Floor – Did you know a substantial portion of your home’s heat escapes through your floor? Cover it up with a heavy rug! Your feet and your energy bill will thank you.
A Little Draft Adds Up – Heat can escape through the smallest leaks; you’re going to want to seal up the edges of your home so that it’s as close to airtight as possible. Weather stripping around doors and windows, as well as caulk around the outside equivalents, will go a long way to a warm home.
A Professional Job – As we all know from elementary school science, heat rises. So therefore, heat is trying escape through your attic. Add attic insulation to keep all that warm air within your home. This can be rather difficult, so it is highly advised that beginners hire a professional. While this can be one of the more costly tips on the list, the return on your investment makes it well worth it.
Space, the Final Frontier – Consider space heaters for certain (smaller) rooms. If you can, close doors to the room to help trap the heat within that singular room. For safety reasons, you’ll want to keep a 3-foot buffer zone of space between the heater, and anything else.