How to Turn Up the Warmth Without Turning Up the Heat

Family in living room kids and dog under blanket

Writing a heating and cooling blog can be tricky around this time of year.

All it takes is an unseasonably warm winter – or for that matter, an unusually mild summer – to make topics like “How to Keep Your Home from Feeling Cold” seem a little misguided.

Still, we have had our share of frigid days these past few months, the type of days where you might have been tempting to turn up the heat.

Don’t give into that temptation if you don’t have to. There are plenty of ways to keep your house warm without having to hike up the heat.

1.Take advantage of other heat sources

Woman in steamy shower

There are plenty of things in your home aside from your heating and cooling system that generate heat. When you take a shower, keep the bathroom door open and the fan off to let steam circulate throughout the rest of the home.

You can also try keeping your curtains or blinds open during the day to let sunlight in. Just make sure you close them in the evening to keep out chilly air, especially if you have older windows. And that leads us to our next point.

Finally, you can always keep warmer by bundling up. Thick socks, a cozy sweater and a fuzzy blanket can all keep you comfortable without having to resort to turning up your thermostat.

2. Keep your heat indoors

Keep your home warm – and your energy costs down – by preventing heat from escaping. Make sure your doors and windows are shut when the heat is on. Keep the flue in your fireplace closed off when it’s not in use and turn off ventilation fans you don’t need.

Flickering candle Checking for drafts in home

It’s also a good time to check for escaping heat. Light a candle and place it near doors, windows and light fixtures. If you see smoke billowing horizontally, that’s a signal that you have an air leak, something you can fix with caulk or weather stripping.

Pay attention to your roof as well. We lose a lot of heat through the top of our home, so consider installing – or reinstalling – insulation in your roof or attic walls.

Keep the vents inside your home clear. Blocking them with furniture or rugs can keep warm air bottled away. A clear path can equal added warmth without having to turn up the thermostat. Do the same to your outside heating unit, making sure it’s clear of leaves and debris.

3. Upgrade your system

If you have an older furnace or boiler, it might not be operating at peak efficiency, forcing you to crank up your thermostat in order to stay warm. A newer model will likely be more efficient, providing you with the warmth you need without requiring you to turn up your thermostat.

4. Maintain your heating and cooling system

Your heating system will be at its most efficient if you keep it maintained. Have a licensed heating and cooling technician look at your system each season.

And if you haven’t had that work done in a while, All Seasons Comfort Control can help. Our heating and cooling technicians can perform a seasonal maintenance check on your system to make sure it keeps your family comfortable, whether we’re in the midst of a warm winter or a cool summer.

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