You don’t have to crank up the thermostat to stay warm indoors this winter. Try these easy strategies to stay warm without sending your energy bill through the roof:
- Add rugs to uncarpeted rooms. Rugs help insulate floors by trapping cool air underneath of them and keeping it from wafting into the room. Rugs will keep your feet warm, too.
- Install a filter whistle on your furnace. This $5 device will alert you when it’s time to change the filters. Dirty filters prevent air from easily flowing through your heating system, which means your furnace has to work harder—and use more energy—to keep you warm.
- Move furniture away from air vents. The air return vents on the walls or floor of your home might be an eyesore, but hiding them under carpets and couches can render your heating and cooling system inefficient.
- Add a humidifier. When the air in your home is too dry, the indoor air will feel cooler. Keeping the humidity in the home between 30% and 50% will make the air feel warmer—and stave off the dry skin that winter usually causes.
- Insulate the door leading from the house to the attic. It’s an often-overlooked energy-waster, as it can let the unheated attic air seep into your home and send the warm air from the house into the cold attic.