Tricks to Heat Your Home This WinterThursday, December 22nd, 2016 Energy Efficiency, Seasonal Heating & Cooling Tips by Kendall Cooper
This winter has already become particularly cold, with temperatures reaching well below the 50s each night. Though Phoenix is notorious for its triple-digit summers, residents know better than to spend a winter night without proper heat when winter comes. Here are a couple different ways you can trap the heat inside your home to create the perfect insulated retreat!
Caulk the Window Frames
Apply a seal around the window frames to trap in the heat and save you a couple bucks on your energy bill. It’s simple and easy to do and won’t take much time out of your schedule.
Open the Windows
Arizona naturally warms up during the day – even in winter. When you have the opportunity, open the windows to allow in the warmth. When it gets dark, some of the warmth will remain and keep you nice and toasty.
Close the Curtain at Nights
Install special heavy thermal curtains to trap the heat inside your house after the sun has set. As heat tries to escape the same way it came in – through the windows – it’s important to seal them off to prevent unnecessary heat loss and save on energy use.
Homes with a great deal of hardwood or tile often feel chilly just by the very nature of their materials. Try to find rugs that complement your home and are comfortable to walk on so you have a warm surface to walk on throughout the day.
A heating system malfunction is one of the main reasons why your home may feel colder than normal. Schedule regular maintenance for your HVAC in Phoenix and you won’t ever have to worry about it crashing at a critical time.
If you live in an older home and are experiencing colder temperatures, you should consider adding insulation to your attic and walls. It may seem like a large investment to begin with, but once you start getting lower energy bills, you’ll be glad you did it.
Use a Hot Bottle at the Foot of the Bed
This is an age-old trick that really does work. The idea is to pour boiling water into a hot water bottle and use it to heat up your toes under the blanket. Be careful as you pour the water into the bottle as it can cause burns if done incorrectly.
The Oven Door
The is a trick as old as the oven. Anyone who spends any amount of time cooking knows that the kitchen is often the warmest place in the house because of all the cooking appliances used, such as the oven and the stove. Bake pizza or your favorite casserole for dinner and enjoy the natural heat that your oven will emit into the house. Remember to use all fire safety rules in the house – especially around children and pets.
Use a Draft Stopper
If you notice that heat is escaping through cracks under the door, use this simple solution. Draft stoppers are easy to find and simple to install; just slide the end over the edge of the door until they’re flush against the surface. Once it’s complete, you won’t have to worry about the warmth escaping that way again!
Reverse Fan Flow
There are two directions ceiling fans rotate: clockwise and counterclockwise. If the fan is set to spin in the counterclockwise motion, it pushes the air down and ends up creating a draft, perfect for hot weather. However, if you change the direction of the fan, it will begin to pull the cool air up with the heat.
Keeping your home warm shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg. With these simple and easy tricks, you are sure to make your home cozy and inviting. If you are looking for a heating repair service in Phoenix, Cooper Climate Control is the way to go. Our products are top-of-the-line and we stake our reputation on that. Contact us today for your free consultation.