In yesterday’s article, we looked at 5 exterior tasks to help your home “weather” the winter. Today, we will take a look at 5 interior projects to make your home more comfy and cozy. These are simple and easy but can make a difference in the comfort of your home and the amount you spend on your energy bills.
Set or Install a Programmable Thermostat
Using a programmable thermostat will save you up to 10% a year off your energy bills. Program your thermostat to lower temperatures while you’re at work and sleeping. There are many various programmable thermostats available on the market, if you don’t have one yet, check out the video below (click on the picture) to help you select the proper one for your home and lifestyle.
Change Direction of Your Ceiling Fan
It’s hard to remember which direction your ceiling fan is supposed to run for optimum usage. In the winter months, run your ceiling fan in a clockwise direction to push the warm air from the ceiling down into the room. Also, remember to turn off your ceiling fan when you’re not in the room.
Use heavy drapes or insulated drapes on your windows. These will help keep the cold out of your rooms especially in the North, East and West facing rooms. Open the drapes on sunny days to capture the heat from the sun. Insulated drapes also help to reduce outside noise and can last up to 10 years longer than regular drapes.
Why heat areas of your home that you rarely use? Heating only those areas which your family primarily uses will save you money. Seal off those areas that you don’t use by shutting the door and closing the vent down to only allow a minimal amount of heat into the room. Check out this video for a few suggestions on zone heating your home.
Close Fireplace Damper
When you are not using your fireplace, remember to close the damper. Since warm air rises, an open damper allows warm air to escape from your home. If you do not use your fireplace, consider plugging and sealing the chimney flue to prevent any warm air from escaping.
In part 3 of this series, we will be looking at 5 more exterior checks to be looking over to help keep your home functioning throughout the Northern Ohio winter.
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