Five Ways To Stay Toasty Warm Without Turning Up Your Heat

Posted on: 2 December 2016

Winter is just a few weeks away, and the temperature is already starting to drop in most places across the U.S. For many homeowners, this means turning on the heat. While you won't be able to get away without using your heat at all this winter, there are some ways to stay warm without turning the thermostat up too high. Follow these tips, and you'll save on your heating bills while also reducing strain on your furnace or boiler.

Open the curtains when it's sunny outside.

When the sun comes out, open your curtains and let it shine in your windows. The sunlight will add warmth to your home, and it will also make your home seem warmer. When the sun goes down, shut your curtains again. They'll act as an extra layer of insulation, reducing the amount of heat that's lost through your windows. If you have blinds or shades, shut them, too!

Run a humidifier.

Have you noticed that the more humid it is outside, the warmer it feels? The same concept holds true in your home. A home with dry air will feel a lot colder at 62 degrees than one with moist air! Many homes have dry air in the winter, so consider adding moisture to your air with a portable humidifier. You can buy these devices at most pharmacies and home goods stores. Just fill the humidifier with water, and plug it in. Your home will feel warmer without you having to turn up the thermostat.

Run your ceiling fans.

Warm air rises. This means that a lot of your heat is ending up near the ceiling, where you cannot even feel and enjoy it. You can drive the heat back into the center of the room by turning your ceiling fans on counterclockwise. They don't take much electricity to power (about 2 cents per hour).

Don't step directly on the floor.

With forced air heating, especially, the floors have a tendency to feel cold even when the air is quite warm. Stepping on the cold floor will make you feel chilly and may tempt you to turn up the heat. So wear thick slippers when you're home, and put some small area rugs on hard floors to add an extra layer of insulation.

Cook at home.

Instead of eating out during the winter, get into the habit of preparing meals at home. The extra heat from the stove or oven will help keep your home toasty. Plus, you'll save money by not dining out!

For more information and tips on keeping your home warm and your furnace working efficiently, talk with professional heating contractors in your area. 

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