5 Ways to Warm Your Home for Less

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Fabulous fireplace from my listing at 2733 Mayhew is a great combination of function and design – it heats up the home and looks cool at the same time.

OK, I know we’re in Texas, but with the brutally cold weather that’s come through in the past couple of days, plus the cold blasting the northern United States, I thought it was appropriate to talk about the best ways to heat your home.  Just like the heat of the summer can stretch your wallet with high AC bills, cold weather can test your home’s efficiency and, sometimes, significantly impact your wallet. Instead of having to pay those higher energy bills, try these six tips to stay warm this winter!

Set It Right

Programming your thermostat to let the temperature drop a bit while you’re away and heat up when you return is an easy way to save big on heating bills.

Let the Light Shine

Draw back curtains and blinds during the day to allow the sun to come in. A sunny day, even a cold one, will heat up rooms a few degrees.

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Light My Fire

A fireplace doesn’t have to just sit there and look good, it can actually be useful in heating up a home too. For gas fireplaces, turn the gas as low as you can while still getting the maximum amount of heat; that’ll give you the most heat (or bang) for your buck.

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Flip the Switch

Ceiling fans don’t necessarily need to be off during colder months. If you flip the directional switch on your fan and choose a low speed, it will push the naturally rising hot air in your home back down.

Mind the Gap

(Can you hear the English accent as you read that?!) Check windows and doors for cracks, gaps, and openings. Replace weatherstripping around doors, replace broken glass on windows, repair cracked window and door frames, and caulk (it’s like duct tape, it’s good for everything!) where necessary.

Closing

(That is most realtors’ favorite word!) If you spend more time in some rooms than others, simply close doors to trap the heat. Additionally, if there are rooms you don’t use, shut doors and vents to redirect heat.

Are you finding that you may want to change the entire environment of your home by selling and buying a new one?! Please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 🙂

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