There are many reasons why a house might be cold. Insulation may be poor or non-existent, especially in the attic and basement. If you are the homeowner, it might be wise to install new insulation, at least between the floorboards between the basement and main floor of the house and in the attic. This will not only help make your home more comfortable, but could save hundreds of dollars in home heating bills. Some utility companies offer programs to assist in the cost of home weatherizing for those who qualify.
Service furnaces regularly and change air filters every two to three months. Failure to do so could shorten the life of the furnace. Check heating ducts for obstructions on a regular basis to make sure air flows properly throughout the ducts, which would also ensure even heating throughout the home.
Check for cracks where cold air can come in from outside and where heat can escape. Small cracks can be sealed with caulking, while larger cracks may require extensive costly repairs. Replace worn weather stripping around windows and doors. If you live in a region known for cold winters, and the windows in your home are older double-hung windows, putting up sheets of plastic will help keep cold air from coming into your living areas. Stores like Wal-Mart, Home Depot and Lowes carry kits with everything you need to hang plastic for a specific number of windows and for windows of different sizes.
Some homes have hardwood flooring which can be beautiful to look at. However, if you live in a colder climate, and you don’t want to cover the entire hardwood floor, you can choose from a large variety of colors and styles of area rugs from stores that carry home furnishings. Area rugs and wall to wall carpeting will help retain heat in your home. If you choose wall to wall carpeting, make sure you also purchase carpet padding to place beneath the carpet. This will make the carpeting feel plusher and will add an extra form of insulation.
Many people set their thermostats from sixty-eight to seventy degrees to try to control the costs of using heat. They also realize there may be one or more rooms that they do not use on a regular basis that does not need heat, like a laundry room or guest bedroom or spare room. Closing the air vents in those rooms will help direct the heat towards the rooms you do use. There is also an alternative to closing the vents in unused rooms. Quite a few people have found they save even more in heating costs by purchasing room heaters and using them only in the rooms they regularly use. With new technology, there are many types of room heaters to choose from – radiant heaters, baseboard heaters, and oil-filled radiator heaters, among others. Some are towers approximately two or three feet tall, some are box-like, while others are long and narrow and take up very little room when placed near a wall. Some heaters blow heat in one direction, while others oscillate. Oscillating heaters with fans and radiant heaters are rather noisy compared to oil-based radiator heaters. Manufacturers of each heater provide information indicating the approximate room size in which the heater works best. Depending on where you purchase them from, most heaters range from $39.00 up to $200.00. For those who can afford them, pellet stoves or wood burning stoves are another way to warm your home.
You don’t need to bundle up in layers of clothing or walk around your home with a blanket to keep warm. Investing in some inexpensive weatherizing products and room heaters can make your life more comfortable and save you money in the end.