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Home Improvement / December 13, 2016
Now that winter is in full effect here in Lexington, you may be more concerned with how comfortable and warm your home is. Especially during the holidays, you want to enjoy your home and cozy up with beloved family and friends, not feel cold. That’s why our crew here at Handyman Connection of Lexington has put together a few tips that you can easily do to help keep your home warm during the cooler months this winter. Check them out, and let us know if you have other suggestions.
Leave the door slightly cracked or opened when you take a shower. The warm, hot steam will travel through the hallways and nearby rooms, helping to reinforce and retain the heat in your home that your heating system is working to provide. It’s a simple, small task to complete, but actually does make a difference.
Let as much natural light from the sun in during the day. The sun is one of the best ways to stay warm during the cooler months, as it creates warm sunspots in your home and naturally helps to heat up your home. Lounge around in one of the sunspots one afternoon, and you’ll see what we mean.
Draft stoppers are a great way to keep cool air out, and to keep warm air inside. Place them along the bottoms of any of your exterior doors. You can even place them in a fireplace that isn’t used as well. These do a great job of retaining heat in your home too, and aren’t very expensive.
Take a look at the layout of your furniture. If you notice large pieces that are fairly clumped together or cluttered, it may be preventing the airflow from reaching its full potential and efficiency. Make sure to rearrange those bigger pieces to allow for the heat to flow properly through your home.
Additionally, make sure that no vents are covered up with rugs or other decorative materials. This will cause your heating system to work harder, while providing less heat, which is not what you want. This will also unfortunately cause your energy bills to rise slowly over time as the system is working harder to provide less.
Adjust your ceiling fans to rotate counterclockwise. We all know that heat naturally rises, therefore by adjusting the settings on your ceiling fans to rotate reversely, will allow the heat to be pushed back down rather than continuing to rise. This is a great, simple change that will really make a difference in retaining the heat throughout your home.
Make sure you are utilizing the settings on your thermostat to make it work as efficiently as possible. Adjust the temperature automatically to reduce slightly when you are away for the entire day at work or running errands, and to increase slightly just before you come home each day. You won’t notice a difference in the way your home feels when you get home, but you will notice a difference in your energy and heating bills.
Our goal at Handyman Connection of Lexington is to help make your house a home and to help with any and all of your home maintenance needs, including questions about other ways to keep your home warm this winter. If you have questions, or if you’d like to schedule your next home project, don’t hesitate to give our expert crew a call. We’re always here to help, and make sure your project is done professionally, on time, and within your budget. Happy Holidays!