As the season changes into winter, most of us generally retreat to the indoors more often because of cold weather and darker days. Although it’s cold outside, it’s nice to get comfortable at home watching movies and engaging in some annual hibernation.
However, the winter hibernation often comes at a pricey cost. It’s likely that you’re cranking up that heating thermostat more than usual if you’re spending a lot of time inside over the winter months.
Make sure that your home is well prepared for the cold winter weather. Follow these tips on how to maximize your comfort while reducing any additional utility bill costs.
Winterize Windows and Doors
One of the most important steps to achieving a warm, winterized home is to ensure that you’re using the most efficient energy saving windows and doors.
Consult with a professional manufacturing company to find out what your home is missing. Your windows and doors might not be Energy Star® rated and therefore might not be properly equipped to keep heat inside.
Energy Star® rated windows and doors have that met federally mandated guidelines regarding energy efficiency.
Replacing windows or doors can sound like a huge task to take on, but with the right company your home will be optimally operational in no time.
Look for windows with superior sealing. Energy Star® rated Simulated Single Hung Casement windows combine the appearance of conventional vertical sliding windows (single hung) with the conveniences and energy efficiency of a casement window.
Look for this style that also has advanced weather stripping to provide an outstanding seal. They should also contain multi hollow chamber design to increase the rigidity and insulating values.
Customize Your Thermostat
An updated, programmable thermostat lets you customize your own heating schedule to save you money.
A smart thermostat gives you even more energy-saving options and it will allow you to control your HVAC system from anywhere using your smartphone.
Don’t Accidentally Block Your Air Vents
Make sure there is no furniture blocking any air vents in your home. Clear the spaces around each of the vents so that the warm air can reach all parts of your home without blockage.
Check Your Refrigerator
Make sure your refrigerator is set at the right temperature. If it’s too cold, it might be costing you money. Check with the manufacturer to find the suggested temperature.
In addition to this, ensure that the fridge door is not letting any cold air escape and thus making your fridge work harder.
Use Throw Rugs and Carpets
Invest in some soft rugs to throw on hardwood floor or other non-carpeted floors. They’ll provide an extra layer of thermal heating and you won’t have to worry about freezing cold feet in the morning.
With the proper insulation your home could be toasty and warm all winter long. Ensure to check that everything is up-to-date and functioning properly.
Snuggle up, put on a pot of tea, and enjoy hibernation season.