Our homes lose a lot of heat in the winter, which makes them hard to keep warm. Instead of cranking up the heat and paying higher energy costs, here are some ideas to easily insulate your home in the winter.
Use Area Rugs
Have hardwood, tile or laminate flooring? The cold floors really can make it seem much colder in your home than it actually is, especially to bare feet in the middle of the night. Using large plush area rugs in the open areas of your home and smaller rugs in hallways or by doors can really go a long way to add a little extra warmth.
Block Gaps Under Doors
The space under doors can let warm air escape while cool air creates a draft. To prevent this, use foam tubing coated in fabric placed underneath a door. Cute animal-shaped ones are available all over the place online or you can make one yourself to match the décor of your home.
Open Your Curtains and Blinds on Sunny Days
The winter sun may not feel like much when you’re standing outside, but it can warm things up inside. Any windows on the south or west side of your home should have open curtains during the day to let in light.
Move Furniture Away from Vents
If your couch or larger furniture is partially blocking your heating vents, you could be wasting a lot of warm air that could be heating your home. Rearrange large furniture pieces so that they aren’t blocking any vents.
Consider Additional Insulation
25% of the heat in your home is lost through the roof. Adding more insulation in your attic or loft can really make a difference in your energy bills. The initial investment will pay off over time.
Make sure you’re getting your furnace serviced regularly by the HVAC experts at L&M Heating and Cooling. Regular inspections will catch problems before they start and make sure you’re getting the most out of your heating system.