How to keep your house warm, even in extreme temperatures.
This winter, consider the strategies below to keep your house warm, even during the most frigid days of the year.
1. Help your HVAC system work more efficiently
No matter what kind of heating system you have, you can take steps to keep it working at its best.
- Schedule annual heating tune-ups
- Change the furnace filter frequently
- Make sure ductwork dampers are open
- Check air vents — are they open? Are any blocked by furniture?
- If you have a home with radiators, make sure they aren’t blocked
- Avoid wild temperature swings — set your thermostat for reasonable highs and lows at night and during the day, since extremely low temps could result in freezing pipes, and your system has to work extra hard to aim for higher temps than it can handle
2. Consider upgrading your HVAC system
If you have an older system that just can’t keep up or you live in a climate with extreme temperatures, consider upgrading to a new high-efficiency heating system. It may save you money and energy in the long run, while increasing your comfort level.
Thanks to advances in technology, today’s HVAC equipment can provide more consistent airflow and better maintain a constant temperature in every room. In the middle of winter, all of that adds up to a more comfortable and cozy home without the enormous utility bill.
3. Block the leaks
If you have drafts or leaks in your home, you’re losing valuable heated air and letting in the cold. Start by checking doors and windows for any drafts.
- Improve your doors’ weather stripping and use a draft blocker to further keep cold air out
- For windows, an insulation kit and heavy drapes can help you prevent leaks
- If you have an unused fireplace, install a fireplace plug to keep warm air from heading up the chimney
- Close vents and shut doors to rooms that are seldom used, so more warm air can be redirected to rooms in use
- Schedule an energy audit from your energy company to identify areas for improvement
- Improve attic insulation
4. Reverse ceiling fans
As heat does rise, ceiling fans set on low and adjusted to turn clockwise will help pull up cold air and drawdown and circulate warm air that’s hanging out near the ceiling.
5. Warm your floors
When the heat rises, don’t leave your floors out in the cold.
- If you’re interested in remodeling, radiant floor heating can help warm up a room and has become especially popular for bathrooms
- Invest in thick, plush rugs to help rooms feel warmer to your feet