1. Checking for drafts around windows, doors, and the chimney flue can keep you from losing valuable heat.
2. Apply caulking inside and out on doors and windows where necessary to reduce heat loss. Attaching some weather stripping around the doorways can help ensure a good seal.
3. Remove air conditioners from windows or place an insulated covering over them to reduce the potential for drafts.
4. Be sure to check all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to be certain they are in working order, replacing batteries as needed. Also check fire extinguishers around the house to make sure they are up to date on inspection.
5. Replacing older thermostats with programmable ones can reduce your heating cost. Remember that you should only adjust the temperature a few degrees during the times you are gone. Reducing the temperature any more than 4 degrees may end up costing you money.
Update Your Lighting
There is nothing we can do about the short dreary days of winter, but spreading the lights you already have around the room or adding a few new up lights to brighten the room and your mood.
Bulbs with high color-rendering index give you the truest light. If this still doesn’t help, you may consider adding a few new windows or possibly some French doors to lighten those really dark areas in your home.
Reduce Window Drafts
If you have some drafty windows you just can’t afford to replace right now, consider layering shades and insulated curtains. You can make thin curtains heavier by adding some cotton flannel on the back. Curtains can help reduce energy cost. Keeping the curtains open on your south-facing windows during the day can help warm your home.
A few simple steps can save you money during the cold harsh winter and improve the efficiency of your home. During the summer, your ceiling fans blow cool air down. By simply flipping the switch to reverse the airflow, your ceiling fan will circulate the warm air near the ceiling around the room, reducing your heating cost.
Look out for more tips to reduce costs and stay warm this winter from your home improvement leader in East Tennessee and surrounding areas.