Conquer Freezing Temperatures
Ten Ways to Stay Warm This Winter
Install Programmable Thermostats
Investing in a good quality programmable thermostat is one of the best ways to keep warm this winter without breaking the bank. Not only can they help you save on utility bills, they are also very low maintenance. Once you establish your desired settings, the thermostats will do the rest.
Seal up Windows and Doors
Prevent heat loss by ensuring that gaps around windows and doors are sealed or by using thermal curtains to hold heat in and keep cold out.
Use a Space Heater
Instead of jacking up the whole-house heating system, along with your monthly energy bill, try supplementing your HVAC system with space heaters to warm smaller rooms in the house.
Insulate Electrical Outlets and Switches
Heat can be lost through gaps and cracks around electrical outlets and switch plates. Plug holes with basic expanding foam, insulation or foam plate seals.
Make Sure Your Furnace is Ready
Do not wait until the first snowfall to have a professional out to check your furnace. Schedule a full maintenance and tune-up before the weather turns cold.
Use the Fireplace
If you are lucky enough to have a working fireplace, use it. Sitting in front of a roaring fire is a great way to spend a winter evening, but it can also provide significant heat without running up your utility bill.
Get Solar Energy When You Can
Solar heat is free and it works, so look for ways to capture warmth from the sun. Thermal curtains, metal light fixtures, even a tower of soda cans painted black can all be used to collect solar heat. You will put less strain on your HVAC system, helping you reduce your energy consumption and save money on winter heating bills.
Try a Nice Hot Drink
Hot chocolate and tea are old stand-bys, but give your taste buds something new, like Sbiten, a Russian beverage with spices and honey or a sweet chai tea. If you are feeling under the weather, you might want to try a nice,soothing honey-lemon-ginger infusion or steaming cup of broth or soup. Look up a different recipe each night of the week or invite your friends over for a tasting party.
Heat Your Clothes
You have probably got an old electric blanket lying around the house, but did you know that you could make your own heated clothing? Use Teflon and copper wire, connect it to a battery and you have your very own toasty, thermal kit. Extreme; perhaps, but strangely comforting.
Do Not Forget to Take Care of Yourself
Preparing yourself for colder weather is just as important as preparing your home’s HVAC system. Your body has different needs in the winter as you try to fight off colds and viruses, so spend more time in dry, indoor air. Start early by getting as much sun as you can, keep the hand sanitizer handy, take a multi-vitamin, drink plenty of water and always get a flu shot if you qualify for one.
Contact Horizon Services
So, are you ready to install or replace a heater or air conditioner? Our friendly and experienced team of Comfort Specialists knows heating and air conditioning systems inside and out. They’ll take the time to study your home, understand your heating and cooling requirements, show you all of your options and assist you with finding the quality home comfort system that best meets your family’s needs and budget.