Keep your house warm this winter with these quick tips

Keep your house warm this winter with these quick tips

7 months ago

Your home may be excessively cold if you quiver every time you open your utility bill. However, it's more than probable that you're overpaying to keep it warm. In either scenario, you may make modifications right now to keep your home warm while also saving money.

These aren't large projects like attic insulation or window replacement—save them for later. They're simple to implement and cost little money. The most difficult will take an afternoon on a weekend, but many will take little time and don't even involve the purchase of supplies, requiring just the modification of a habit or two. Others can be completed for as little as ten dollars. We'll start with the obvious and work our way up to more specialized — but still basic — energy-saving techniques.

1. Reposition your bed away from the window.
If your bed is generally placed directly in front of a window, you can sleep a little warmer by relocating it to the opposite side of the room. Unless your windows are multi-paned (and even if they are in extremely cold places), the glass will cool down significantly over night, chilling the indoor air around that window. As a result, if you are in the area, you will feel colder as well. Exterior walls with insufficient insulation are in the same boat.

2. Place a Thick Area Rug on the Floor
While hard flooring, such as wood or laminate, offers numerous advantages, one of them is warmth. So, during the cold months, do yourself a favor and put down a large area rug to help insulate your bedroom and give your feet a nice treat when it's time to climb out of your toasty bed. A faux sheepskin rug not only offers a splash of color but also provides the ultimate in foot comfort. However, any style of the rug will provide warmth to the floor.

3. Cover your Window
Because outside temperatures are transferred through the window glass, upgrading to insulated or heavier window coverings can help insulate your bedroom in the winter. Replace your lightweight sheers with heavy, lined drapes to hide your blinds. While you're at it, choose a bright hue to help you escape the winter doldrums. Insulated window treatments can also help if your windows let in a lot of heat during the summer.

4. Make the most of your insulation
When it comes to heat, the roof loses around a quarter of it. Installing 25cm of insulation across your loft will help minimize this. It's also worth looking into what's going on inside your walls, as this accounts for around a third of the heat lost in an uninsulated home. 

5. A Door Sweep should be installed.
Install a draft-defeating nylon door sweep if you notice cold air seeping beneath a door heading outside and find that employing a door snake  is troublesome. Along the inside bottom edge of the door, this long, thin broom-like vinyl-and-pile attachment is attached. With a hacksaw, cut the sweep to fit and secure it with four or five wood screws.

Check to see if cold air is penetrating along the bottom edge of the garage door if it is heated. Rubber garage-door gaskets secured with 1 in. galvanized roofing nails help keep the chilly air out.

6. Quick-Seal Windows are a type of window that seals quickly.
Installing clear plastic film on the inside of your windows creates a pocket of dead air, which is an excellent insulator. Plastic film and double-sided tape are included in kits, and when heated with a blow dryer, the plastic becomes practically undetectable. If you don't like it, but the film on windows and patio doors only while they're not in use.

If your windows rattle, they're allowing a lot of heat to escape around the frames. Before shrink wrapping, fill in any gaps with putty-like rope caulk. Press-in-place rope caulk is mess-free and simple to apply, and it comes off easily in the spring. However, before the next heating season arrives, make sure you thoroughly seal and caulk your windows.