The holidays are an exciting time! What’s not exciting is being faced with uncomfortable temperatures. Here are some holiday heating tips that will keep you warm and cozy all winter long.
Use your fireplace!
For those of you who have a fireplace, use it! Whether it is wood-burning or electric, this is a great way to heat your home and save money on energy bills. If your household requires different levels of warmth, a fireplace is a great way to heat up a certain area of your home while keeping the other parts of your house cooler.
The Effects of Baking
If you are looking for ways to warm up your house, bake something. Using your oven or stove can actually make your house warmer. You may also want to keep this in mind for the opposite reason. If you are having guests over or plan to cook a large meal, turn your thermostat down a couple notches to avoid your house from getting uncomfortably warm.
Use your Programmable Thermostat
As we mentioned earlier, if you are planning to do a lot of cooking or hosting, use your programmable thermostat to schedule different temperatures in your home depending on your plans for the day. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat and you find yourself constantly worrying about what your thermostat is set at, it may be ideal to invest in one.
Use Your Ceiling Fans
Most ceiling fans have a switch to reverse the way it spins. Switch your fans to turn clockwise if you want them to push warm air down rather than provide a cooling effect. This simple trick can maximize the heat coming from your HVAC system. Ceiling fans can also help by keeping an even temperature throughout your home.
Consider a Whole House Humidifier
Winter calls for drier air. Investing in a humidifier can quickly solve this problem. If you are noticing that your skin is dry or you are breathing in dry air, it may be a sign that your indoor air does not have enough humidity in it. Installing a humidifier can increase the comfort in your home and avoid potential problems down the road.
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