As the weather begins to cool, it’s time to start preparing your home for the winter months. There are many ways you can keep warm while saving money and energy this winter. The way we live tends to change naturally with the seasons, and so should our homes. With winter fast approaching, it’s time to prepare the home and bring out the winter woollies for those cosy nights in. Here are a few ideas to prepare yourself, and your home for the colder months.
Check for Gaps
There might be a few gaps or cracks around the home that you’re not aware of. Although they may be small, they can cause you to lose a lot of heat from your home during winter. This is not only uncomfortable, but it also creates higher energy bills. Once you’ve found the gaps around your home, fill them in with a silicon sealant or caulk. Some areas to check carefully include around doors and windows.
Wearing extra layers is a great way to save on heating while keeping warm. Wearing slippers (especially on hard floors) or a nice thick robe will make a big difference.
Reverse Ceiling Fans
If you have ceiling fans you can use these in winter to help keep you home warm. By switching the fans on to reverse, they will push the warm air down instead of allowing the heat to rise.
A lot of heat is lost through the windows in winter. To reduce this heat loss, you may want to invest in some good layered or insulated curtains. Good curtains can reduce heat loss by up to 60%.
Cosy knitted throws, textured cushions, hints of timber and thick rugs can make a big difference when creating a warm and inviting space to relax in during those cold nights. By adding this type of décor to your living area, you can create a room that feels warm and cosy.
Cover Hard Floors
Tiles, concrete and hardwood floors tend to get very cold underfoot during winter. Investing in a few rugs is a great way to reduce heat loss as these floors do not hold heat. Rugs also create a cosy atmosphere in the room.
Time for a New Heater
The frequency that you use your heater and the size of the space you use it in will determine the best type of heater for you. Electric heaters are a cheap initial investment. However, using them for long periods of time in larger spaces will push up your energy bill. Gas heaters are a great alternative option for larger spaces; however, they do cost more to purchase initially.
You may prefer to invest in a good split system air conditioner. Although these may cost more than portable heaters to purchase, the benefits will outweigh this in time. Reverse cycle split systems are very efficient for heating single rooms and you will also get the benefit of using it during summer to cool your home.