Energy Efficient Ways to Keep Your Home Warm This Winter

Energy Efficient Ways to Keep Your Home Warm This Winter

Keeping your home warm for the winter amidst the Seattle cool air isn’t always easy. Often, the only solution we find is to crank up the heat causing our heating bills to skyrocket. However, there are other more cost effective and energy efficient ways to keep your home warm this winter season.

Here are some tips to getting your home ready for the winter:

- Cover your windows with plastic to further insulate your home. Plastic window covering kits are widely available at any hardware store. Just follow the simple directions on the packaging and your home will be air tight in no time.

- Have your heating system inspected so you can insure it is operating as efficiently as possible.
- Seal any cracks that lead outside, bringing cool air in. Use caulk or any other sealant to seal up windowsills, door jams, pipes, or cracks.

- Use your oven more. After baking cookies or roasting a chicken for dinner, leave the oven door open to let the heat escape out into your space.

- Add rugs to wood, tile or concrete floors to warm them up. When there’s cool air around, your flooring will absorb that cool air, so adding fluffy rugs or heavy wool oriental rugs will help absorb that excess air.

- Layer up! Often times if you’re cold in your home, you don’t have enough layers on. Layer on your thermals, fleeces, sweatshirts, wool socks, slippers, and blankets to increase your body temperature more quickly.

- Use thick curtains on your windows to absorb cool air that may seep in through your windows. If by some crazy luck we see sun for a couple of hours, open your curtains to let the sun naturally warm your house.

- Keep fireplace dampers closed when your fireplace is not being used. This will significantly reduce any air that flows in through that opening, into your home.

- Turn down the heat when you’re not home and before you go to bed at night. Chances are you have enough blankets on your bed to keep you warm at night, and you don’t need to be heating up an empty space so save some money and turn your heat down. A suggested temperature range for these instances is 58-62 degrees F.

- Keep the doors closed in unused rooms. It is easier for heat to circulate in smaller spaces so close the doors to those unused spaces to trap that cold air, keeping your living spaces warm.

- Set ceiling fans to the reverse or “winter” setting. This will make your ceiling fan rotate in the opposite direction, pushing that rising warm air back down and circulating it throughout your space.

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