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Home Improvement / December 19, 2016
As winter is in full force here in Boise, you may be looking for other ways to keep your home warmed up without spending a ton of money on power bills. Our crew at Handyman Connection of Boise has actually put together a few ways to not only help you keep your home warm this winter, but to also help save on those electric and energy bills as well. If you have an older home, you understand how challenging this can be. Check out our 5 ways and tips to help keep your home warm this winter.
During the day, don’t shy away from natural lighting. Open up the shades and shutters to let the light in. The sun will provide warmth simply by just being allowed into your home. Before heading out for the day or even if you’re lounging around the house, open the shades and let as much natural light in as you can to help keep your home warm throughout the day.
Program your appliances and more specifically your thermostat to adjust according to recommended temperatures throughout the day. This will help to keep your house warm when it needs to be, your energy bill low because you’re not manually adjusting each time you get hot or cold, and will take one less thing off of your to do list. Check with your power company on recommendations for temperatures and times of the day to adjust.
Make sure you don’t have any furniture or decorative rugs or other pieces covering up any vents. If something is accidentally covering up a vent, it could prevent your home’s system from functioning to its proper and highest efficiency. So do a quick check and adjust any furniture or items that could be potentially blocking vents in your home.
Close Curtains at Night
Just like our crew here in Boise recommends letting natural light in when possible, be sure to close your curtains and shades at night. This will help trap the heat inside and help block any warmth from escaping through the windows. You can also consider installing insulated curtains if you get really cold. The goal here though is keeping as much warmth inside as much as possible to help keep your home warm.
Lastly, many appliances in your home have a “winter” setting. Do a check around your home or search online to see which appliances you may be able to implement this setting on. Specifically, many ceiling fans have this option. This setting will reverse the fan so it moves clockwise pushing heat back down in each room, rather than letting the heat continue to rise.
There are lots of other ways to help keep your home warm this winter. What are some of your favorites? Let us know. Be sure to give us a call if you have questions or if you’d like us to tackle your next home maintenance project. Our experts at Handyman Connection of Boise are always ready to help.