Top 5 Heating Tips for your Home in the Winter

In many homes warm air appears to think it is a prisoner and is constantly looking for a means of escape. In those same homes, the warm air has many opportunities to get out into the colder air, dropping the temperature in your home in the process. If you feel cold air coming into your house it is a sign that warm air is leaving and there are a few simple things you can do to help keep your home warmer in the winter.

1. Windows and doors are the most likely places where heat is escaping your home in the winter and ensuring they are sealed properly can help keep your house warm and cut your heating bill as well. Before winter sets in, walk around the house on the outside, or have a heating contractor do it, and look to ensure the windows are sealed and if necessary, caulk around the edges. You can use a match on the inside to determine if air is allowed to escape and you may need some extra caulking inside as well.

Check out your doors to make sure no air is flowing around them as well and if you have a gap at the bottom consider installing a door sweep. They are easy to attach and will stay in place when the door is used. They may not look at cute as some of the door crack seal devices, but they are more permanent.

2. Window coverings can also help keep your home warm in the winter, especially if you have a large picture window. The insulation factor of glass is pretty low, but some heavy curtains can help keep the room warmer. For smaller windows, consider an air-filled barrier by using clear plastic covers. They are fairly easy to install as will reduce the amount of heat loss going out your windows.

3. Unblock vents and registers to improve air flow throughout the house. For the sake of aesthetics many place furniture where it looks the best, but it could hinder the warm air flowing from your furnace. If you have radiant heat with baseboards, blocking them with furniture will limit the amount of heat flowing into your room. With forced air systems, there are probably air return vents and if you block them with furniture or carpets, air flow will be hampered and your heating unit will have to work harder to keep your home warm.

4. Insulation in exterior walls and in the attic can help maintain the heat in your home. Depending on the age of your home and its size, you can contact a heating contractor to determine if you have enough insulation to meet your home’s insulation needs.

5. Programmable thermostats can help reduce your heating bill and still maintain your comfort. If you are hesitant to install your own, you can contact a heating contractor for help, although most of the newer ones are easy to install for the do-it-yourself homeowner. You can lower the temperature when you’re not home and warm up your house before you return, allowing you to keep warm without wasting heat.

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JON EWALL 4 years ago from usa

By Better Yourself

''air flow will be hampered and your heating unit will have to work harder to keep your home warm.''

With a forced air heating system, it is very very imporatant to keep air filters clean.A dirty air filter can restrict air flow and cause the system to work harder in addition to be non efficiant.

Maintaining the equipment is a must.Neglecting servicing the equipment is not to be neglected.

Check with the local contractors if the government has any credit programs to save money.

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HomeEnergy 4 years ago from California

A good one.

2 more tips:

1. Use small inverter type air conditions (as heat pumps) for each room - no need to heat up unused/unoccupied rooms

2. Replace your windows if the old ones are in a "terrible condition" and pay attention that the new widows comply with Energy Star standards.

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Better Yourself 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you both for your comments! And Thanks for the extra tips :)

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JON EWALL 4 years ago from usa

Better Yourself

Here's another tip for a forced air system.

HAVE A DUCT CLEANING company vaccum clean the ductwork.

They price by the openings,call for a visual inspection when requesting a bid. Prices may vary if there are obstructions in their way. Save because of NO EXTRAS.

One can be surprised of the dirt accumilation over the years. Clean filters,clean ducts AND CLEAN AIR, what a wonderful thing.

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Better Yourself 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Great idea and Very true - Thanks Jon!

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