Efficient Heating Tips for Winter

Although we have already entered the winter season, it’s not too late to take steps towards saving money with efficient heating precautions. Not only does the cold weather bring snow, it also increases heating costs. Don’t lose out on potentially thousands of dollars by not having your home efficiently heated.

To help you combat high energy costs, we compiled a list of efficient heating tips to help you save your money and energy this winter.

Keep the Heat in with Good Insulation

Heat easily escaping your home is a sign of poor insulation. In most cases, your windows have a huge impact on your utility bills and home security. Generally speaking, your windows, doors, and attic are the easiest places for heat to escape. This can be corrected by making sure you have seals on all of your doors. Furthermore, a plastic covering on the windows and sealing the attic door can make all the difference.

If you have one, much of your attention should be geared toward the attic as it is one of the largest areas of heat loss. Because heat rises, it can find any weak spots in the ceiling insulation and drain valuable energy. It’s important to make sure that you have your attic’s insulation at the proper depth to combat this. Additionally, check your exterior walls to ensure it has the proper amount of insulation.

Use Your Fireplace or Wood-Burning Furnace

The fireplace in your home is a great area to sit back and relax next to while you enjoy a good book or movie. Whether it’s electric, wood or gas, the fireplace isn’t just for show. Fireplace inserts can significantly improve the heating efficiency of your fireplace by blowing heat directly from the fire to your room. In addition, it limits the amount of potential heat and conditioned air that may be lost up the chimney. Use it to your advantage by turning it on during the cold parts of the day.

Maximize Airflow by Changing the Room’s Layout

A commonly overlooked factor that contributes to the reduction of warm air circulation is the layout of a room. Often times chairs and couches are the causes of a blocked vent. They prevent the flow of warm air from entering the room and reaching it’s desired level. You may notice this if you frequently increase the thermostat in your home without a noticeable difference in the temperature.

After removing any blockages from your vent, make sure that they are open and pointing in the right direction. If the vent is pointed towards the wall or downwards, it won’t be able to push the heat throughout the room. Another option is to turn on your ceiling fan and have it rotate clockwise. This ensures that warm air is kept downwards in the winter months.

Use the Sun’s Heat to Your Advantage

The sun provides free heat and sunlight for your home. Despite the smaller amount of sunlight during the winter season, you can still open the sun-facing windows to bring the heat inside your home. Just make sure that once the sun goes down, you close your window to maintain the warmth throughout the room.

Alternatively, heat-trapping curtains are a great way to reduce the infiltration of cold air. Curtains have the ability to trap heat within and transfer it to the entering air. This ultimately allows it to circulate at a warmer temperature while also preventing warm air from escaping through cracks in the window.  

Is Your Home Lacking Efficient Heating?

If you have a continuous problem of heat escaping your home, you may be in need of window or door replacement. Don’t let the drop in temperature drive up your energy costs this winter. For affordable, high-quality exterior services in Milwaukee, call JBS construction. Contact us today to receive a free estimate.