It can be hard to keep your home warm during the winter, and even harder to do it while still keeping your bills down. However, there are a few things you can do to help you and your family stay warm, and many of them won’t even cost you a penny.
Keep Your Windows and Doors Shut in the Winter
During the coldest months, your home will take longer to heat up but can lose heat very quickly. That’s why it’s important to ensure that, unless you need the additional ventilation, you keep doors and windows closed. This will allow your home to warm up and prevents the heat from your HVAC system from escaping.
Even if you’re keeping everything closed, you may still feel a draught around your windows and doors. This doesn’t just feel cold if you’re sitting or standing where the draught is, but can also lead to substantial heat loss over time, with over 20% of an average home’s heat being lost through its windows and doors.
This can be reduced substantially by using inexpensive products like draught excluders and draught strips, saving you money and helping your home stay warm. It’s important not to block any intended ventilation features like vents or extractor fans, however.
Look Into Insulation Options
Insulation comes in many forms and is undoubtedly one of the most effective ways to help keep your home warm, both by increasing the efficiency of your heating systems and by reducing the amount of heat lost through your walls and ceilings.
Insulation around pipes and hot water cylinders avoids heat being lost from your system, ensuring that it operates as effectively as possible as it works to keep you and your family warm. It also has the added benefit of reducing the risk of your pipes freezing.
On the other hand, insulating your walls and attic will trap more heat inside your home, helping it reach a comfortable temperature and stay there, no matter how cold it gets outside. This may be slightly more costly than some of our other tips, but it can also lead to some serious savings.
Take Care of Your HVAC System this Winter
You’ll be relying on your HVAC system to keep your home warm and cozy, so it’s essential that you take care of it too. This includes addressing any issues you’ve noticed such as a drop in performance or unexpected noises while it’s running, but also routine cleaning and maintenance.
The easiest, most effective, and most reliable way to do this is to contact professional HVAC specialists like Hoot. They’ll be able to offer you a full service, clean any hard-to-reach parts that need it, and address any issues before they become a more serious problem.
Use The Correct Settings
Taking advantage of all the settings that your HVAC controls have to offer, as well as options such as zoning, if they’re available to you, will let you keep things warm without wasting heat, energy, and money. Automated settings will allow you to heat your home when you need it and to keep it at a comfortable temperature rather than heating it excessively and then allowing it to cool, which is less comfortable and uses more energy. This can be combined with zoning to either ensure that your home heats evenly or to focus more on heating the rooms you use most.
The Hoot Advantage
Whether your HVAC system is due for a service, you have some problems that need addressing, or you just have trouble keeping your home warm and aren’t sure how to remedy that, we can help. Our professional and experienced team of HVAC specialists can offer you a full service, help with upgrades, and get any repairs done quickly so you can relax and enjoy your warm home. If this sounds like something you need, contact us today.