Strategies to Help You Keep Your Home Warm and Cozy This Winter
The cold winter weather can make keeping your home warm and cozy difficult. This is often a problem that is particularly noticeable to those living in older homes. These structures can have a variety of design and construction flaws that could make the home far less suited for withstanding harsh winter temperatures.
Avoid Blocking Vents with Furniture or Rugs
One common mistake that can greatly reduce the overall effectiveness of a heating system is placing furniture or rugs over the vents. When a homeowner makes this mistake, they may inadvertently completely block the ability of warm air to enter this room. If your home has floor vents, you should always be aware of where these vents are located so that you can avoid placing items over them. While you may not intentionally block these vents with items, the items can shift position over time. In the event that you notice your floor vents have become either partially or totally covered, you should take a moment to remove these items from the vent so that the heated air can more easily enter the room.
Replace Worn Weatherstripping on Doors and Windows
Weatherstripping is one of the more commonly used options for addressing the types of gaps and drafts that can arise near windows and doors. While weatherstripping is good at blocking drafts, it will eventually degrade enough to need to be replaced. Otherwise, it will develop cracks or punctures or start detaching from the home. These issues can make it much easier for drafts to form, which could noticeably impact your home's warmth. Replacing weatherstripping is a fairly simple home repair project. Typically, the most difficult part of this process is ensuring that the stripping is perfectly aligned so that it can be as effective as possible at blocking drafts.
Limit Your Use Of Space Heaters
There may be some days when the outdoor temperature is low enough to make it far more difficult to effectively control the interior temperature of the home. A space heater may be a good option during these emergency situations, but you should typically refrain from using space heaters in addition to your primary heating system. The space heaters can interfere with the thermostat's ability to accurately measure the interior temperature of a home. This can lead to the primary heating system failing to activate despite areas of the home being unpleasantly cool. If you must use these space heaters, you should position them so that they are away from the thermostat.
For more information, contact a professional residential heating service.