While we might be nearing the halfway point of winter, there are still some very cold days ahead. It seems that this winter, we’ve had colder days and longer stretches of sub-zero temperatures. For many households, this cold snap means the furnace is running more often than other winters. Make sure that you’re helping your heating system keep the home warm with our tips.
Open Blinds and Curtains During the Day
When it the sun is shining, open curtains and blinds. The warm sunshine will help heat rooms naturally—just remember to close them when the sun goes down.
During the winter, the air is painfully dry. Putting moisture back into your home will not only make you feel more comfortable but will also help you feel warmer.
Reverse Ceiling Fan Direction
Ceiling fans are not only useful in the summer. In the winter, change the direction of the fan—to spin clockwise—to help push the warm air down into living spaces. Just remember to keep the speed on low.
Hardwood floors are aesthetically pleasing and easy to clean, but in the winter, bare floors can feel cold on the feet. Lay down some area rugs, especially in living rooms and bedrooms to help keep the space warm.
Fire Up the Oven
On the coldest days, do some baking or put in a slow-cooking roast. The added warmth of the oven will help keep the home warm and cozy (and fill the home with a delicious aroma!).
Also, make sure that your heating system is running efficiently and has been properly tuned up for the season. Ideally, furnace maintenance should be scheduled for the fall, but it’s never too late for a tune-up and inspection.
A1 has been designing and installing commercial and residential heating and air conditioning systems for 50 years.
Contact us for any of your heating needs—we’re always happy to hear from you!