When winter arrives in the Chicago area, many homeowners crank up the heat to stay warm. Instead of juggling excessive energy bills this winter, try these four ways to stay warm on a budget.
You can lose more heat than you might realize through your home’s windows and doors, where cold air can seep in while warm air leaks out. To stop energy loss, add weatherstripping around the frame, and add a door sweep to the bottom of the door. To keep cold drafts from entering through the windows, add weatherstripping or caulk around the window frames, and install plastic sheets on the windows themselves.
Watch Your Humidity Level
Monitoring the humidity level can improve your home’s indoor air quality during the dry winter months, and also help you to feel more comfortable. Increased humidity can actually make you feel warmer without raising the temperature or using much extra energy. Use a portable humidifier to make one or two rooms feel warmer, or use a whole-home humidifier to make the whole house feel cozier.
Redecorate for Warmth
The decor in your home reflects your personal taste, but it can also keep you warm. Install heavy curtains to prevent cold drafts from entering your home, and be sure to close the curtains when there’s no direct sunlight. Rugs can also add inexpensive insulation to hardwood or linoleum floors. Install large area rugs to add one more layer between your feet and the chilly floor.
Program Your Thermostat
If you have a programmable or a smart thermostat, you can use it year-round to save energy. This is particularly true in the cold months when you can set the temperature at 68 degrees when you are home and dial the temperature back to 56 when you are away or asleep. Correctly programming your thermostat can help you to save on your energy bills and also protect your heating system.
Worried about cold temperatures driving up your utility bills? Call Hollub Heating, Inc. today (312) 829-8000 to learn how you can use your home’s heating system more efficiently and save energy.