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How to Keep Your Home Warm

04 October 2021

As temperatures drop, it’s time to turn on the furnace. But what else can you do to make sure your home is toasty this season?

  • Maximize your home’s insulation:

    More often than not, your home is losing heat through the attic- making this your first priority to insulate. Without proper insulation, air can escape through the attic onto your roof, causing the potential for ice dams.

  • Draft-proof your windows and doors:

    Around 30% of your home’s heat is lost around windows and doors. When windows and doors are installed, there is a gap between the rough opening and the frame that is sometimes left uninsulated allowing heat to escape. This area along with exterior wall outlets should be addressed, air sealed, and properly insulated. Some quicker solutions can include weather stripping, install new sweeps, window film, hanging insulated curtains, and using a door snake.

  • Install insulated curtains:

    The sun is free, so use it to your advantage. During the day opening your curtains will allow the sunlight to help heat your home. At night close them up for another layer of insulation. Blackout curtains offer the extra bonus of providing a more restful night’s sleep if you’re sensitive to light.

  • Air ducts:

    Air ducts aren’t always covered on purpose. Take a tour of your home and inspect the vents in each room. Make sure drapes, rugs, or furniture are not blocking any of the vents in your home to allow the warm air to circulate freely.

  • Set your thermostat:

    During cold months, your furnace will keep you comfortable at about 68ᴼ. You can also set a timer to adjust a few degrees colder for the hours you are sleeping under warm covers or while you are away at work.