How has your winter been this year? Have you been staying comfortable even during the coldest of days? Winter's harsh temperatures shouldn't cause your home to feel chilly, but if you're not toasty warm on the coldest of days, there are some things that you can do to help. Here, you'll find a few tips to help you stay warm through the cold snaps.
Start With the Heating System
Your home's heating system should be able to keep up with maintaining a steady, warm temperature through the cold snaps this year and every year. If the system isn't keeping up with the cold temperatures, there's something wrong.
If the system hasn't been serviced in a while, contact your local heating system specialist to have the system serviced. If the components in the heating system are dirty or are failing, the heat will not come out as warm, nor will the system operate efficiently.
If the system is aging, it's time to think about replacing it with a newer, more efficient system. Systems made today are designed to use far less energy while producing the same amount, if not more heat.
If the home's heating system isn't large enough to heat your home efficiently, the technician will be able to suggest a permanent fix – it could be adding a ductless heating system in an area of the home that doesn't get as warm as it should or that is too far from the forced air furnace to heat it up efficiently.
There's an old saying that if you're cold and you're not wearing pants, a long sleeve shirt, and some thick socks, the thermostat shouldn't be touched. So many people want to walk around their house in their summer jammies while jacking up the thermostat in an attempt to keep the house warm enough to stay comfortable.
Instead of jacking up the thermostat, layer up a bit. Wear some nice warm clothes, put on a robe, and slip on a pair of fuzzy slippers to keep your feet warm. If your feet are warm, your body will feel much warmer, even if it's really the same temperature as it was before putting the slippers on.
Talk with your local heating system professional to learn what else you can do to keep your home warmer while the temperatures outside continue to drop until they reach subzero, arctic levels. This time next year, you'll be very happy you've made the changes this year.