As the winter months continue to set in, you may be wondering how to keep your home warm during this time of year. We've compiled a list of tips that will help keep your house from freezing over and your heating bill from skyrocketing!
How to Keep Your Home Warm This Christmas
Make Sure Your Chimney Is Clear
Before starting your fireplace, make sure the chimney is clean and there aren't any obstructions on the flue. If needed, contact a professional who can clean it for you.
Make Sure All Windows & Doors Are Closed
After this step, check whether or not all doors and windows are shut tightly to prevent heat from escaping. Doing this will allow you to save on energy and help reduce your heating expenses, especially if you're spending time in the living room or kitchen. There's nothing worse than allowing cold air into your living space, so check for gaps where draughts might be seeping through before you light a fire or turn on any heating appliances. If there are too many cracks in your doors and windows, you might want to consider investing in some draft excluders. These can be purchased from your local hardware store relatively cheaply and will prevent the cold air from entering through any gaps that are smaller than a ruler or pencil! You should also insulate them if possible.
Make Sure Your Heating & Cooling Systems Are In Working Order
You should insulate your heating system, too. This will retain heat and prevent hot spots from forming on areas closer to heating vents or appliances. The heating and cooling meridian of older homes may not be as energy-efficient, but you can still improve its efficiency by having it looked at during the heating season. You should also consider heating the room you are in with a space heater while heating your whole house may not be necessary for every part of it, especially if there are sections that will get cold soon enough due to being far from heating vents.
Turn On The Heating
Another thing that is often forgotten about when heating one's home during wintertime is what time of day you should turn the heating on. There is a common misconception that it's best to heat your home during the late evening when everyone has gone to bed and won't be using any of the appliances used for warmth. In reality, however, this isn't always true! If you have an older adult living in your household or an infant sleeping during the evening, it's best to turn your heating on as early as possible. This will ensure that you don't run out of hot water for a bath or shower before everyone else has got up and ready in the morning!
Now that you know how to keep your home warm this Christmas, it's time to put the knowledge into action. Everyone loves a lovely warm home in winter, but especially during the festive season. There are many ways to keep your dwelling cozy throughout December and into January without breaking the bank or heating too much of our planet's resources! Whether you're decorating for a holiday party or just trying to stay cozy during the long winter nights, follow these guidelines and enjoy your season!