When the winter season comes around, if you find yourself huddled under blankets and several layers of clothing at home, you may want to start looking for ways to make your house warmer during the cold weather months. Use these tips to make sure your house is warm and comfortable during the winter.
- First, if you have a Trane furnace or other type of gas heating system, get it looked at. If it needs to be repaired, is too old and needs to be replaced, or simply needs to have some maintenance done, it won't be working well to keep your house at a comfortable temperature. Ideally, have your furnace checked before the weather gets very cold. If you do this in the fall, you will avoid any trouble in the dead of winter when you can't be without a heating system.
- Check the insulation in your home, and make sure that you have at least 12 inches of insulation in places like your attic. If you need more, make it a weekend project or hire a contractor to fix this as soon as possible.
- Look for any leaks where you may be losing your warm air. This is another project best done before the winter season arrives. Check around doors, windows, and any other openings in your home for cracks and gaps. You can seal leaks yourself with caulk. Apply it inside and outside your windows.
- Change the air filters in your home. If you have a central heating system, dirty filters will impede the flow of warm air through your house. Change the filters at least once a month and see what a difference this can make in your home.
- Have your heating ducts looked at regularly, perhaps even every year, to make sure they are clean and working to get warm air to every part of your home. They may need to be cleaned if it has been a long time since they have been looked at, and you may also need to add insulation to duct work if it does not have enough. Since you probably don't know what to look for, it's best to leave this type of job to a professional.
Now that you know some great ways to help make your heater work more efficiently, use some of them to keep your house warmer all through the winter season. In no time, you will be able to shrug off a few layers and enjoy some hot cocoa in your comfortably warm home.Share