9 Ways to Keep Your Home Warmer This Winter
Here are nine ways our heating experts recommend to help make your home a warmer and more comfortable this winter.
#2 Install storm windows and doors. The extra layer of protection will help to prevent chilly winds, snow and rain from seeping into your home.
#3 Move furniture away from walls and closer to the center of the room. Most home heating systems are built along the walls, and opening even a small gap allows warm air to circulate more freely.
#4 Close your curtains at night. A layer of fabric can help prevent chilly breezes from cold windows from entering your home. Insulated curtains do an even better job of keeping rooms comfortable.
#5 Insulate your attic. Because warm air rises, attic insulation is more effective than wall insulation when it comes to making your home more energy efficient.
#6 Close off unused rooms. If you have a guest bedroom or extra storage room that you never use during winter months, close off heating registers and shut the doors tightly.
#7 Reverse your ceiling fan. During hot weather your ceiling fan pulls warm air up and away from living spaces. But most fans can be reversed with a flick of a switch to push warm air down during colder months.
#8 Check heating system filters each month and clean or replace them as needed. Dirty filters can reduce efficiency and shorten the life of your equipment.
#9 Install a ductless heating system in the rooms you use most often. Ductless heaters do not require extensive ductwork or take up much space, but can provide clean, whisper quiet heat for a single room or open area of your home. The ductless system can also be switched over to air conditioning mode when the summer heat and humidity return.