With the Winter season upon us all, cold weather is on its way to overtaking our homes. Being freezing cold in your own home is not something anyone would find comfortable or ideal. Heating up your house is an absolute necessity even though it may result in heavy-duty energy bills. But don’t worry! There are ways you can heat up your home during the coldest season of the year without running up the heat bill. And these tips will show you how.
Use Space Heaters
One sure fire way to heat up areas of your home is to invest in ventless propane heaters for home. Wherever you decide to place the unit, it takes the oxygen from inside that room, instead of from outside like most heaters, and redirects it back into the area in the form of heat.
This solution is especially great for small spaces where central heating is not the most efficient option. Also, these space heaters are conveniently portable so you can shift them from one place to another without any hassle.
One thing you should be aware of when choosing a space heater is that you should never use one made for outdoor use inside of your home. This is an unhealthy mistake and a recipe for those inside to possibly get carbon monoxide poisoning. Being temporarily warm at the cost of an eventual disaster is only a fool’s choice.
Seal Areas for Draft Prevention
One of the main reasons homes seem to stay cold no matter what is done is the existence of drafts or leaks in and around the house that the heated air seeps out through. The most common culprit of this seepage and loss of heat is the space under the doors or cracked openings in the windows.
Sealing these problematic areas could be done both by a professional or by yourself. At home, you could make a draft excluder to put under the door to trap the air inside. Or you can install rubber seals around windows and doors too, which is a relatively easy job, and inexpensive as well.
Make Your Home More Insulated
A large portion of heat loss in your house is due to it naturally rising and escaping through the roof. A poorly insulated roof will allow that to happen at an accelerated rate, which will definitely cost you over time.
When it comes to preventing heat loss, installing some extra insulation on your roof will do wonders, not just for your home’s heat retaining capability but your energy bills too. Not only does insulation prevent heat from escaping from inside the house but also stops cold air from outside from entering too, thus contributing to keeping your home warm for longer.
This insulation job could cost a lot but could also save you some decent money in the long run. It is also worth keeping doors to rooms you don’t use closed to limit the spread of heat. Keeping your water heaters properly insulated makes sure your costs remain down too while heat is high.
Double Glaze your Windows
Apart from the roof and doors, a lot of heat escapes through the windows too. This can be prevented by double glazing your windows.
A double glazed window actually has 2 layers of glass with air or vacuum in between. When sealed, such windows become air-tight and do not let heat escape through as air is a poor conductor and vacuum has no conductivity whatsoever.
So this kind of window insulation is also great for keeping heat inside the house and preventing cold outside air from entering.
A very common reason for cold house interior is water seepage through the pipes into the walls. Pipes are usually fixed along the walls and if even one gets broken at some point, the gradually leaking water soaks deeply into the wall beside. As winters do not see a lot of sunshine, this water does not get the chance to evaporate and stays in, dampening the walls to the core and making the house even colder.
The only solution for this problem is timely detection and fixing of leaking pipes, otherwise, they will not only turn your house colder but also affect the structural integrity of the walls.
Don’t Neglect Your Radiator
If your home is one of those that use a heating radiator, you should pay attention to where it is placed and how you are using it. It would be counterproductive to place a couch or anything else in front of the radiator, as this blocks its flow of heat to the rest of the house. So keep it clear of furniture or clothes if you like to dry them on top.
The heat from radiators also gets absorbed by the walls behind it. One way to prevent this is to grab some tinfoil or an insulation panel and place it behind the radiator. What this does is reflect the heat back into the home rather than allowing it to leave through the wall.
Use Your Curtains
The all-powerful sun is the cheapest and most accessible source of heat there is. All you have to do is pull open your curtains and let the sunshine through. Drapes and curtains should be left open throughout the day so the room can be naturally heated up.
When it starts to get dark, it is best to close all the curtains in your home. This is the time you want to retain the heat in your home so investing in some thick curtains to do just that is a good idea, as curtains can act as another medium of insulation without having to pull open your walls and roof. There are thermal curtains made specifically for making sure the heat stays behind the veil.