If you are worried about the heating bill for your vacation home over the holiday season, it’s time to think about how to winterize your home without heat. Or maybe you want to do as much as you can to warm up your home without increasing your heating bill. Either way, these five tips can help you keep your home warm and your heat bill low.
1) Consider getting your furnace repaired or serviced.
Before there is even a problem, get your furnace checked. If you are having issues with heating up your home, make sure you get your furnace repaired. Simple maintenance on your furnace can help it run better and more efficiently and save you money down the road.
2) Get new weatherstripping.
Take a look at the doors of your home that lead outside and see if you can spot any holes or light around the sides. If you do, you need new weatherstripping. Weatherstripping can wear down over time and having poor quality installed can lead to chilly weather getting inside.
3) Change the direction of your ceiling fan.
So it may not be appealing to turn on the ceiling fan, but actually if you switch the direction that your ceiling fan moves it can actually help warm up your home. When your ceiling fan moves in a clockwise direction, it helps move heat down towards the floor and helps keep heat within the room, rather than rising to the ceiling.
4) Decorate with heavy curtains and rugs.
One way that heat escapes the home is through the windows. Install heavy curtains that can keep the cool air out and the heat in. Also, place rugs around floors that don’t have carpeting so you won’t wake up to a chilly kitchen or bathroom floor.
5) Use the oven more.
This is assuming you are living in the home you are trying to heat during the winter. If you don’t want to use the heater to warm things up, try using the kitchen more. Maybe learn to bake bread. After you’ve used the oven, leave it open a while and the heat from the oven will warm things up.