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Stay Warm This Winter: How to Trap Warm Air inside Your Home

Are you tired of the cold temperatures every winter? Does your house get drafty and cold even when you turn up the heat? Is your furnace working too hard to keep up with the demand? A few seasonal chores can help you feel warmer and save money on heating costs this year. We give you our top four tips below.

Clean Your Heating System

Just like any system, a clean heating unit runs more efficiently. Your furnace collects dust and debris while sitting idle over the summer, and that can restrict air flow and overwork the fan. Having an HVAC specialist perform preventative maintenance each fall is an excellent way to ensure that your furnace is clean and ready to operate all winter. Also, make sure there is enough space around your furnace, ducts, or radiators for the air to flow. The heat cannot get to all areas of the room with large items blocking the path.

Upgrade Your Windows

Drafty sashes and crumbling insulation around your old windows do nothing to keep you and your family warm during the coldest months of the year. Installing new windows will seal up the openings in your house. Plus, you can get dual or triple-pane windows that increase the energy efficiency. There are many different ways that a glass utility service can bolster the insulation of your window glass, and consulting a local professional will help you get a clearer vision of what options will work best for your climate and whether or not you can just get the glass itself replaced. Adding thick curtains can also prevent heat loss, though these are only effective when closed.

Seal Open Areas

When windows are replaced, you will notice that the installers add insulation around the windows to block out the cold and the heat. This doesn’t have to be just for new windows, however. You can use various insulating products to make your house warmer and reduce air from flowing in from the outside. Spray foam, fiberglass insulation, weather stripping, and caulk are items you can put around doors, crawlspaces, and basements to create a wind barrier.

Insulate Your Chimney

When you have a large opening in your house like a fireplace with a chimney, then you can lose a ton of heat. Balloons and chimney insulators are products that will block off this opening when you are not using the fireplace and prevent massive amounts of heat loss. This is especially important because heat rises, and therefore, openings that are higher up, like chimneys or poorly insulated roofing, is where the majority of your home’s heat can be lost.

When you want to trap the warm air inside, and save yourself some money this winter, then these tips can get you started. Heating can take up a significant portion of your energy bill during the winter, especially if the weather becomes particularly frigid, and mitigating heat loss reduces that cost significantly. Covering the major openings of your home and ensuring that your heater is working properly will be, by far, the most effective way to maintain your home’s energy efficiency and allow you to get the full benefits of your heating during the cold.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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