Tips for Keeping Your Home Warm in Freezing Winter Temperatures
Keeping your home warm in freezing temperatures is an important part of having a safe and comfortable winter. Here are some tips on how to stay warm this winter:
Seal Air Leaks
Air leaks let cold air in and make it harder for your furnace or heat pump to keep your home warm. Sealing these leaks can make your HVAC system more efficient. Use a lit incense stick on a breezy day to identify any air leaks or drafts, and then seal them.
Close off any vents that run to rooms you do not use. If you can, it is also good to seal off the entire room. Any room you do this too will get very cold, but you will not be paying to heat it.
Check the insulation in your attic. You should have at least 12 inches of insulation, and if you can see the ceiling joists you do not have enough. You should also check what type of insulation you have, and if it is the right type for the area, you live in. The right insulation can go a long way in keeping your home warm in freezing temperatures.
Use Your Oven
There is a good chance that you do not want to venture out into the bitter cold for dinner. You can warm up your home by staying home and cooking a meal in your oven. You will save money on your dinner, and the oven works with your furnace to warm your home.
Open and Close the Blinds
Open the blinds on the side of the house where the sun is shining in. Close the blinds on the side of the house where it is not. This will let the sun in to warm your home, and keep heat from escaping through the cold windows.
For more information on keeping your home warm in freezing temperatures or other home comfort issues in the Fort Collins area, contact Balance Point Heating & Air Conditioning.