It might be an understatement to say that this winter has been quite unusual. For many parts of the country typically accustomed to cold temperatures and plenty of snowfall, the last few months have been anything but.
Sure, there have been cold stretches and snow here and there, but there have also been days where the temperature settled in the mid-50s to upper-60s for a few stretches.
Even so, you can never underestimate temperatures even when it doesn't seem like it is that cold outside. While your heating bill can be lowered since you don't have to deal with single digit temperatures, you can lower it even further by utilizing some efficient heating tips.
Windows are perhaps some of the biggest sources of heat loss in any house. As such, you will want to make sure they block heat from escaping, but still look pleasant to the eye.
If you find that too much heat is making its way to the outside world, consider hanging heavy curtains with a thermal lining on top. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you should also close every set of curtains at night to help further reduce heat loss. In fact, you can reduce heat loss in a room by as much as 10 percent by following these tips.
You can even combine thermal curtains with plastic covered over the windows. Head to the nearest hardware store to pick up a plastic window insulator kit. This extra layer will help to prevent frost buildup, as well as prevent that coveted heat from leaving.
What better way of staying warm than to huddle by the fireplace? Whether your house has a wood-burning or gas operated pit, these are efficient ways to stay warm, but there are differences between the two.
Gas fireplaces should utilize a direct-vent insert because it offers more heat over other types of vents.
If you have a wood burning fireplace, don't seek to build a massive fire all the time. Instead, focus on building a constant, but slow-burning flame. A ceiling fan can help disperse the warm air around the room. Just be sure to take the necessary precautions if you're using the old fashioned method by putting up a protective screen.
There will be times where turning up the heat is not an option. Setting the thermostat too high will result in a noticeable feel around the house and may even cause you to start sweating, or maybe you're simply looking to cut the utility bill.
Wearing layers can help solve this problem. The best method to guard against heat loss is to cover your entire body.
Once you get home from work focus on layering up. Don't hesitate to put on more layers, but you also can't forget about your head and feet. Wear a comfortable pair of slippers and preferably a knit hat for maximum heat retention.
If you're feeling cold, doing some quick exercises is a good way to raise your body's temperature. Additionally, any exercise will benefit your health as well. There are no faulty arguments with this method of staying warm.
Homeowners have to find unique ways to stay warm every winter. Doing so can result in a drastically lower heating bill. If however you find that your home's heating system is malfunctioning and barely keeping the house warm, it may be time for a home inspection.
Don't hesitate to have a professional come out because you may be glad when you'll finally get some relief from the cold.