During winter, central heating is the primary consumer of energy at home. With this, electric bills go up by up to 70%. But this can actually be reduced while still keeping your home warm enough. Here are low-cost, simple tips to keep your home warm during winter:
1. Use Heavy Curtains
Curtains serve as an extra layer of insulation to keep your rooms warm. Choose or replace your curtains with heavier, wool or fleece drapes. This will help reduce the cold draft and keep your home warm without continuously running your central heater. Open curtains during the day to let the warmth of the sun to come in and close it at night.
2. Reduce Draught
Cold air can come in through even in the smallest gaps and spaces. They are often found at doors and windows. One simple solution to reducing draught is by placing draft blockers on these gaps. Purchase ready available draft blockers or you can do a make-shift one. Make use of self-adhesive rubber seals or even pool noodles.
3. Re-seal Windows
Before winter season comes, check your windows if it needs resealing. You may use spray sealant that are widely available in the market. Check sealants that are peeling and worn out and replace it with a new sealant. Check out our article on Tips on Maintaining Doors and Windows.
4. Run Ceiling Fan in Reverse
By principle, warm air rises. So, If you have ceiling fans in your home, you can program the fan to run in reverse or in clockwise direction. Besides, run the fan on its lowest setting. Running the fan in reverse direction directs the warm air downwards. Hence circulating warm air into the room.
5. Seal Unused Rooms
Closing off unused or seldom used rooms has an effect in keeping your home warm. This prevents the warm air from circulating around to other parts of your house. Thus reducing the area of containment of warm air.
6. Check Your Insulation
Insulation is a great way to excluding your home from the extreme cold outside weather. It is important to check if your attic insulation is still intact without any loose installation. A properly insulated attic can reduce your energy bills by as much as 50
7. Use Bubble Wraps
Retaining heat inside your home is difficult especially if you’re heater is not running continuously. You can increase the energy efficiency of their houses with easy DIY strategies. One of the simple tips to keep your home warm during winter is the use of bubble wraps. Just stick your bubble wraps to the windows and it will help you retain the heat.
8. Insulate Hot Water Pipes
Wrap your external hot water pipes with simple insulating tape. This helps reduce heat loss when you are using the water. Uninsulated pipes lose heat by as much as 30% if exposed to the cold weather.
9. Move Furniture
Move furniture away from vents. Most homeowners unknowingly place furniture in front of their heating vents which is not a good way to heat the house. For example, a sofa will just absorb the heat from the vent if it is blocking it. It will also cause air pressure issues. Re arranging your furniture will help, at least during the winter.