4 Ways to Help You Stay Warm This Winter

how_old_is_your_thermostatEverybody knows that winter means buckling down, layering up, and hiding out under blankets until the world thaws and the sun returns. But what if winter didn’t have to mean huddling and shivering inside your den for several months of the year?

With the right winterization steps, preventative maintenance, and a little ingenuity, you can actually raise the temperature in your house this winter, keep your family more comfortable, and even save money at the same time. So, are you ready for a few DIY projects around the house this weekend?

1. Make Sure Your Furnace is Up to Snuff (not DIY)

Your furnace may be 10 years old or brand new out of the box, but if you don’t maintain it properly, you could end up without heat when you need it most—in the dead of winter.

All heating systems need regular maintenance and annual inspections by professionals because this will ensure they’re cleaned properly, lubricated, repaired, functioning well, working efficiently, and heating your home the way they’re supposed to. If you want to keep yourself and your family warm this winter, you have to start by taking proper care of your furnace.

2. Protect Your House from the Cold

Just like you wrap yourself up in jackets and boots and gloves when you go out in the winter, so too does your house need to be protected from the cold and wind. Otherwise, cool drafts will make their way into your house, making everyone chilly. To winterize your house, you can:

  • Install weather stripping and draft guards
  • Put up storm windows and doors
  • Add more insulation to exterior walls
  • Plug unused chimneys
  • Seal cracks and leaks in the ducts
  • Seal joints around windows and doors with caulk

3. Keep a Closer Eye on the Temperature

Your family may like the house to be kept at a certain temperature when they’re home and awake, but what about all day when the house is empty and all night when the house is asleep? There’s no need to have the furnace pumping away when there’s nobody around or awake to appreciate its hard work.

Why not upgrade to a programmable thermostat, which will allow you to control the temperature in the house based on the time of day, whether or not you’re on vacation, and other factors.

Offsetting the cost: While a programmable thermostat is a small investment, it could save you 10 to 20 percent on your heating bills.

4. Use Moisture to Your Advantage

humidifier_staywarm_winterAlong with turning down the temperature when nobody’s home, you can also save money on your power bills by running humidifiers in commonly used rooms. Because moist air feels warmer than dry air, increasing the humidity to 30 to 50 percent will keep you warmer and let you adjust the thermostat to energy-saving settings.

With this winterization plan, you can ensure your home and family stay warm and toasty all winter long. And the best part is that these tips will also make your home more energy efficient, meaning you’ll have more money left in the bank every time you pay a heating bill. To book a furnace check up appointment with the experts at Priced Right Heating and Cooling, call 913-713-5911 today.