Do you feel that chill in your home? The cold air in the interior might be more than just uncomfortable. Once the temperature drops below a certain level, your health could be at risk.
The National Institute of Health suggests 68–70°F would be the optimal temperature range to keep. Some might go a little lower, but this can be risky. For the very old and the very young, the risks may even be greater. So, don’t let your home become too chilly.
Not everyone knows how to keep a home warm in cold weather though. These six steps could help the cause of making sure your home stays toasty during the cold winter months.
1. Keep Cold Air Out
You don’t necessarily need to tear out the drywall to install new insulation. Fixing that damaged attic window, however, should be a priority.
Re-caulking windows to keep out drafts might be another good plan. Maybe sealing doors and windows is a good idea. Look for any imperfections that create drafts. Then, address them.
2. Clean and Inspect Furnaces
Whether your home relies on a boiler or another heat source, be sure someone inspects and cleans it once a year prior to the winter.
Dirty heaters or ones with worn parts don’t always work efficiently. Get these issues corrected in order to better heat your house.
3. Let the Sunshine In
The sun provides a natural way of heating a house. Maybe opening the blinds and lifting the shades during the day would bring up the interior temperature a bit.
Be mindful of faded furniture or artwork though. You don’t want to allow too much sunlight to damage anything in the home.
4. Don’t Block the Radiators
Radiators are the source of heat in most homes. Often, people take the presence and purpose of radiators for granted. That’s why they put a big reclining chair or a huge flatscreen TV and accompanying stand right in front of them.
While this might improve interior decor, heat won’t dissipate properly through the home. As a result, the home isn’t heated proportionately. Place furniture in the home strategically so as to keep heat flowing in a desirable way.
5. Warm Up the Walls and Floors
Cold walls and floors drag how the heat levels in a home. Walking barefoot on a floor or touching a wall with your bare hands reveals just how cold these surfaces can be.
Few realize just how much heat loss derives from a cold wall or floor. Maybe it would be a good idea to decorate those surfaces and cut down on heat loss. A nice shaggy rug on the floor combined with framed posters on the wall could provide decent insulation. The insulation also adds to the look of the home, too.
6. Watch How You Open the Door
Going in and out of the house provides an opportunity for a gust of cold air to enter the home. Try not to open the door all the way. Open just enough so you can safely enter and exit.
And close the door as soon as you can. The longer it is open, the longer cold air enters a home.