You may be thinking that it’s not hard to retain heat during the winter. How hard can it really be – all my windows and doors are closed? However, retaining heat is not as easy as it looks. It is important to understand that our homes are not completely shielded against the outdoor temperatures – there are energy leaks, drafts and other areas where energy can completely escape and cause your home to be more inefficient. So, not only do you need to make sure that your windows and doors are closed when the HVAC system is running, but you also have to make sure you don’t have any major energy leaks. Here are five tips for retaining the heat in your home during the winter.
- Re-insulate your attic. Your attic can be a huge source of energy leakage and it can cause your home to be inefficient when it comes to retaining heat. Because heat rises – if your attic isn’t properly insulated, the warm air will simply escape through your roof if there isn’t proper insulation pushing the heat back down. So, you may want to think about updating and insulating your attic.
- Turn your ceiling fans on in reverse. In the wintertime, you can actually use your ceiling fans to properly circulate the warm air when your heater is on. In the summertime, your ceiling fans work by spreading out the cool air, but in the colder months, the fans can actually push the warm air towards the ceiling down, which can spread the heat out more evenly. This can also help retain the heat, because the warm air will spread to more areas of the home without rising or immediately escaping through a draft in your windows.
- Re-seal your windows. There is a good chance that your window casements have not been properly sealed in a long time – oftentimes the caulking has completely worn away. So, you must take measures to place new caulking along the edges of your window. By doing this, the warm air won’t have a place to escape. Not only will this help retain the heat in your home, but it will also help you save money on your utility bills. This is perhaps one of the most important tips for saving on your heating and cooling bills.
- Place area rugs on the floor. If you have wood floors or any other floors that allow cool air to come in through drafts in the floor, placing large, thick rugs on the ground is important. Not only will it create a sense of warmth in your home, but it will actually be warmer. Plus, you won’t have to walk around on cold wood floors.
- Place insulation around electrical outlets and switch plates. Another big source of energy loss is your electrical outlets and switches. If you don’t have proper insulation around these common home fixtures, you will see poorer heat retention. In the end, this is a simple fix that is affordable and won’t take that long to complete.