The winter cold is setting in and it’s likely to be around over the next couple of months. Our homes are a place of warmth and comfort where we can escape the cold air, or even avoid it altogether. But keeping your home nice and cozy can be costly, even turning the heat up a few degrees can make major differences in your monthly bill. Luckily, there are a few ways you can stay warm without touching the thermostat.

  • Caulk it up! Applying caulk to window cracks can help keep the cold air out and the warm air in. 
  • Add insulation. When added to your walls or attic, this can drastically reduce your monthly heating and cooling bills.
  • Adjust the curtains. Keep them open during the day to let the sunshine through your windows and close them at night so the heat does not escape.
  • Plug up the fireplace. Heat can escape through leaks due to a loose or rusty fireplace damper. A plug can help seal it off so the heat stays inside.
  • Decorate with rugs. Many of us opt for hardwood floors because they have a visual appeal but there is nothing worse than getting out of bed and putting your feet on a freezing floor. Decorate your home with rugs so that heat cannot break out through your floorboards and you have something warm to walk on. 
  • Take advantage of your heated appliances. We all know this time of year, baked goods are incredibly popular. So after you are done with that baked Apple Pie or those Chocolate Chip Cookies, turn your oven off but leave the door open so that the heat from the oven can be spread around your kitchen.
  • Buy or create a draft stopper. These fill the gaps between your floor and the bottom of your door to keep the cold air out. You can purchase them or make your own by using a towel or a blanket.
  • Reverse your ceiling fan. In the winter, your ceiling fan should run in a clockwise direction. This pulls the air up to mix with the rising heat, so that when the air comes back down, it is warmer. 
  • Switch to flannel. Whether it’s your sheets, your comforter, or your jammies, flannel can make a world of difference in keeping you warm at night. 
  • Bundle up! Stay nice and toasty with your favorite sweatpants and sweatshirts, after all, they are very comfortable!

If you have any questions about your heating system, call Nelson’s Heating and Cooling at 757-566-7014.