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10 Winter Hacks for a Warmer House.

In the chilly months, your home should be a warm refuge from the cold. Cranking up the thermostat can quickly warm things up, but it might spike your energy bills.

To keep cosy without breaking the bank, explore other methods to heat and seal your home against the winter chill. Long-term solutions like upgrading to energy-efficient windows or enhancing attic insulation can make a big difference. For immediate, cost-effective fixes, consider adding a door draft stopper or opening curtains on sunny days to let natural light and warmth in.

Check out these winter tips to efficiently keep your home warm and your heating costs low.

1. Upgrade to a Programmable Thermostat

Switching to a programmable thermostat allows you to control your home's temperature based on your daily schedule, reducing the need to heat your home unnecessarily. Setting lower temperatures when you're asleep or away can significantly cut down on heating costs. For a step further, consider a smart thermostat from our product range for adjustments from anywhere, potentially saving up to 10% annually on heating.

2. Keep Heating Vents Clear

Contrary to popular belief, closing vents in unused rooms doesn't save money. Your HVAC system is designed to heat your entire home efficiently. Blocking or fully closing vents can strain your system. To direct heat more effectively, ensure vents are at least 25% open. Preventing furniture or curtains from blocking airflow and maintaining clean vents are simple steps to enhance your system's efficiency. Don't forget to schedule regular HVAC maintenance to keep everything running smoothly.

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3. Stop Drafts with a Door Draft Stopper

A simple yet effective way to prevent cold air entry is using a door draft stopper. Whether you buy one or DIY, placing a fabric tube filled with sand or other heavy material against the door bottom can make a difference. For those inclined to create their own, materials are easily available and the process straightforward. This method, while minor, contributes to maintaining a warmer home environment.

4. Window Insulation on a Budget

Using plastic film or bubble wrap is an affordable way to insulate windows against the cold. DIY kits or simple household bubble wrap can create an additional layer of insulation, trapping heat inside. The application process is easy and removal is hassle-free, making this an ideal solution for immediate insulation improvements.

5. Seal Windows for Improved Insulation

Enhancing window seals or upgrading to storm or insulated windows can dramatically increase your home's heat retention. Addressing any gaps with fresh caulking and adding weatherstripping are quick fixes to keep the warmth in and the cold out. For homes with older windows, considering an upgrade could lead to significant energy savings and a cosier indoor climate.

6. Leverage Natural Sunlight

Embrace the power of sunlight to warm your home. Opening curtains during sunny days is a free, effective way to heat your space. Learn more about natural heating solutions on our blog. Remember to close them at night to retain warmth.

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7. Adjust Ceiling Fan Settings

A simple yet effective tweak: set your ceiling fan clockwise in winter for better heat distribution. Discover other simple HVAC hacks to enhance your home's warmth.

8. Optimize Air Flow with Open Doors

Keep internal doors open to ensure smooth airflow and even heating. For more tips on maintaining optimal temperature, check our insights on efficient home heating.

9. Upgrade Your Insulation

Proper insulation is key to energy efficiency. Before the cold sets in, assess and improve your insulation, especially in attics and basements. For guidance, our home insulation guide offers practical advice.

10. Bake and Warm

Baking isn't just for treats; it's a cosy way to add extra warmth to your home. Share your favourite recipes or learn new ones from our cosy winter baking blog. Let the oven's heat spread by leaving the door ajar after baking.

For more expert advice on heating your home efficiently and other HVAC tips, visit our blog at Cape Air Conditioning.


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