Try These Cold Weather Tips for Keeping Your House Warm

by Denise Mason 08/03/2022

For most homeowners, lower temperatures outside mean a spike in utility bill costs. Gas and electric bills can skyrocket with extra use from HVAC systems and hot water consumption in order to stay comfortable. This can be especially problematic for homes with subpar insulation. Whether you live in a drafty house or you just want to save some money on your heating bills, here are some simple tips to help warm up your home.

Close the Flue

If you have a fireplace, it may tempt you to build a cozy fire every night in the winter months. While a fireplace will heat a den or living room, it will also let a lot of that hot air escape through the open flue. Close up the flue when you’re not using your fireplace and you’ll prevent losing valuable energy and warmth.

Adjust Furniture Positioning

In homes without central heating, baseboard heaters and vents in the wall and floor are the primary source of heat. Make sure you are not blocking these vents with furniture and other items. This helps prevent potential fire hazards but also lets the warm air circulate into the rest of the room. For baseboards, scoot your furnishings a few inches away from them to allow better flow of warmth.

Hang Thermal Drapes

Even well-insulated windows can make a room chilly in the winter. Consider investing in a set of heavy insulating drapes for the biggest windows in your home in order to trap the warm air inside. Conveniently, you can also use insulated drapes to keep the home cooler in the hotter seasons.

Make a DIY Door Snake

Drafty doorways in older homes can leak a noticeable amount of warm air outside. However, insulating your inside doors will also help keep you warmer. You can make what’s called a “door snake” to lay across the bottom edge of interior doors and keep air from passing underneath. The easiest way to make a door snake is to fill a long tube of fabric with rice, beans or synthetic insulation material and press it against the bottom of the door. No more cold drafts from the basement or garage.

Get to Cooking and Baking

Using the oven will warm up the home while you cook or bake. While you’re making your favorite lasagna or a batch of cookies, you’ll warm up your kitchen and fill the home with delicious scents at the same time. Once you’re finished using the oven and turn it off, you can open the door to let the leftover heat filter out into the kitchen. This strategy is best for homes without pets or young children, as a cooling oven can still pose a serious threat of accidental burns.

No matter the style or age of your home, saving energy is always a good idea. Try these ideas for keeping your home warmer on the coldest of days and save money on your utilities at the same time.

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Denise Mason

Hi! I'm Denise Mason. WELCOME to my Website! Being a full-time REALTOR® gives me the opportunity to assist in achieving your wants, desires, needs, and priorities in selling or finding a home. My goal is to take care of my real estate clients by providing an exceptional, no drama experience that you not only deserve but should demand in the hectic and competitive marketplace of today. I work closely with you throughout your entire real estate transaction. I work to be your family REALTOR® for life. Success begins and ends with good communication. I love what I do and do what I love! I am positive, enthusiastic and truly enjoy people and the real estate business. My commitment to you, my client extends far beyond a single transaction. My goal is to communicate, educate and exceed expectations! As the daughter, wife, and mother of active duty and retired service members, I've had numerous relocation experiences; renting, buying and selling a home. I grew up in Arlington County, VA and lived there for more than 20 years. Upon my husband's retirement from the Army we could think of no better place to call home than Virginia, the place of our childhood. I have been a Prince William County resident since 1997. We have raised and educated three children in the Prince William County School system. My family is my pride and priority which makes me no different than you or any other individual who wants a safe and comfortable environment for yourself, family and friends. I look forward to helping you achieve your real estate goals. Call me at 703-283-0969 or email me so we can meet over tea or coffee & I can get to work for you!