Tips Designed to Keep You Warm This Winter
For some people, staying warm in winter or keeping the house at a comfortable temperature seems to be an impossible struggle. And if that is the case with you or your home, there are things you can do to make your home warmer in winter without exceeding your budget.
But if you’re not sure where to start, here are some tips that will help you increase the temperature in your house and make your home more energy efficient without breaking the bank.
Upgrade the Thermostat
New high-tech thermostats tend to be a little more expensive than their older and less sophisticated counterparts, but they pay for themselves very quickly.
You can use a programmable thermostat to turn down the temperature in your house and save money when everybody is away, out of the house, or sleeping, and then automatically increase the temperature shortly before everybody comes home or wakes up.
This way, the house is always comfortable when people are awake, home, and active, but cooler when people are asleep or out.
Schedule Furnace Tune Up
This should be part of your pre-winter routine every year. Regular furnace maintenance involves inspecting the heating system for corrosion, damage, leaks, and cracks. And if any issues are discovered, a heating technician will also be able to address those problems before they lead to a breakdown. Moreover, a furnace inspection will ensure that your unit is running efficiently, is performing optimally, and is safe to operate
Add Humidity to the Air
A humidifier in your house can make the air feel anywhere between two and 10 degrees warmer. This is because moist air retains heat better, and the same way that humidity makes summer days feel hotter, so too can it make the inside of your house warmer in winter.
If your furnace doesn’t have its own humidifying unit, install one or two mobile humidifiers around the house, and especially in rooms that are used the most often.
Winterize Your Home
Did you know that you can winterize your house just like you would a boat or a cottage? Well, maybe the process isn’t exactly the same, but the idea is. In winter, you can prepare your home for the cold by sealing and wrapping it up to keep warm air in and cold air out.
The best way to do this is by sealing leaks and cracks with caulking, weather stripping, or draft guards, by upgrading windows, installing storm windows, or installing a protective plastic film on older windows to keep down the drafts, and by adding more insulation throughout the house.
Performing winter maintenance and getting a house ready for the cooler months isn’t exactly most people’s idea of a good time. But these steps will keep your home and your family warm this winter, and help reduce your energy bills.
For help with these tips, or to schedule annual furnace maintenance or repairs in Kansas City, call KB Complete Plumbing Heating and Cooling Inc. today at (913) 722-6835.