As the temperature drops, household heating expenses are increasing. This winter, find strategies to improve the energy efficiency of your house for a happy, healthy cold season.
We’ll go over ten quick and simple ideas in this post that will keep you toasty and content this winter without going over your spending limit.
Make Your Outlets Iz Your Windows
During the winter, windows lose at least 30% of the heat in a house. Re-sealing your windows every few years is another low-cost strategy to improve the energy efficiency of your house during winter.
Get an applicator and a couple bottles of silicone caulking from your neighborhood department store, then spend a weekend on this easy-to-do yet very efficient project of sealing your home.
Invest in Cellophane Window Kits
Consider utilizing window seal kits made of cellophane if your house is older and has outdated windows. A roll of cellophane (or pre-cut panels) and sturdy double-sided tape are included with these kits. It’s simple to install them! All you have to do is wrap the window in double-sided tape, take off the adhesive’s protective cover, line up the cellophane, push it against the glue, and use a hair dryer to warm it.
The cellophane shrinks in the heat, forming a seal that keeps out drafts. To avoid any gaps, it must be applied carefully. You can get these kits in your neighborhood department store or online.
Use Residual Heat
Utilize the indirect heating sources in your house. When cooking is finished, keep your oven open to allow any leftover heat to circulate throughout the kitchen. Close it once the heat has left. Why not use this energy that you are already paying for?
Use Fans Efficiently
Not only are ceiling fans useful during the hot summer months. Just in case you forget your elementary science lessons, cool air sinks and warm air rises. In the winter, turn on your ceiling fans to force warm air back toward the earth.
In the winter, turn your ceiling fan down to a low speed, clockwise. By using this option, you can increase general air circulation and gently push down the warm air.
Don’t forget to utilize exhaust and bathroom fans sensibly. Although these fans work well to lower humidity levels, if you leave them on for an extended period of time, they will also cool the air in your home. Set a timer and don’t forget to switch them off when finished.
Clean Out Your Vents and Heat Pumps
Maintaining the cleanliness of your heat pump filters is another strategy to save energy in your house during winter. A tune-up and deep cleaning should also be planned ahead of time before the cold season hits. Your heat pumps will need to work harder to heat the air to the appropriate temperature if they are obstructed, which will increase energy usage.
Additionally, it’s critical to routinely vacuum and clean your vents. This task will not only increase energy efficiency but also enhance the quality of your air.
Use Thermal Curtains
Thermal curtains work well as draft-blocking curtains. To add even more defense against drafty windows, install these. When the sun is shining and the temperature is rising, you can open them to let the light into your home and shut them at night. These also aid in keeping your house cool in the heat.
Depending on how your house is laid out, you can also install thermal curtains at entryways or arches to reduce the draft from outside doors when you enter and exit.
Close Doors to Unused Rooms
In order to direct warm air where it is most needed, close the doors to any unoccupied rooms. Close the doors to rooms you don’t use during the day, such as your seldom used office or bedrooms, unless you need them. Your heating system won’t have to work as hard, yet the room will remain somewhat warm.
Close the vents in these rooms as well, if you have a furnace.
Place Draft Blockers Under Doors
An item called a draft blocker fits over the bottom of your door to stop cold air from passing underneath. These work great for empty rooms and cellar doors. They serve the same purpose as thermal curtains in the summer while the air conditioner is running.
Seal Unused Fireplaces
Sealing off an underused fireplace will help you avoid losing a lot of warm air in the cold. You may achieve this aesthetically pleasing outside fireplace look by adding insulation to the chimney and covert foam inserts to the vents.