Joan is providing a guest post today for those still dealing with chilling temps and looking for ways to cut electric costs.
Nothing is better after a brisk autumn hike, winter sledding session or just getting caught in the rain than a nice, cozy home to come back to. With electricity prices on the rise, however, it can become expensive to keep the home at as comfortable a temperature as it could be. Children are especially sensitive to the cold, since their smaller size means they lose heat more easily, and elderly pets will also appreciate being kept snug and warm.
Fortunately, there are several ways to keep the home cozy without spending every last cent on heating bills. Keeping throw blankets around the house in busy rooms makes the house look and feel comfortable while still providing an easy extra layer of warmth. Electric blankets can do wonders for a chilly bedroom and even pre-warm the bed for you, which means no more cold feet. Many people find they sleep better in a cold room, and an electric blanket lets you turn down the heat without sacrificing comfort.
Small fixes around the home can make a big difference too with little work. These include tasks like using caulking to seal drafts around windows and doors and regularly vacuuming out furnace vents and changing filters so that hot air can move more freely. Moving furnace vents so that they’re located low to the ground in the most-used parts of the home is a bit more invasive, but it’s worth it if integrated into another renovation project. For those with major redesign plans, consider upgrading insulation and installing radiant heating under the floor as people tend to feel warmer when their feet are warm, so a warm floor means a comfortable room for less energy. Pets will also appreciate the warm surface to lay on.
Home decor can really influence how warm a house feels, both physically and in the way it looks. Curtains help keep the heat in and are even available in insulating varieties. Keep them open when sunshine is streaming in to get a free boost of warmth from the sunlight, but keep them closed otherwise to help keep heat from escaping. Clear window films applied over the windows will also reduce heat loss.
Think about the floors too. Soft surfaces transmit heat less quickly than hard ones, which is why wood feels warmer than tile and carpet feels warmer than wood. Laying down a few area rugs on a hard floor will make the house look and feel warmer.
Apply these tips and you won’t be so quick to feel the chill in winter. Your place will feel like more of a home than a house.