No Need to Overstock on Blankets…Unless You Want to
Fall has come and gone. While you’ve been admiring the changing leaves and your favorite seasonal treats, did you notice that you’ve started reaching for a jacket on your way out the door? Then, before you know it, you’re wearing fuzzy socks and extra layers on the couch to stay warm.
There are so many ways to fight the winter chills as the nights arrive earlier and the temperatures drop further and further. Whether your home benefits from a radiant heating system, forced-air system, or other type of heating system, there are plenty of ways to stay even warmer this time of year.
Your favorite flannel pajamas. A big blanket, maybe two. A hot cup of coffee and your favorite snack in front of the TV. Sometimes your favorite comforts are the easiest and most enjoyable ways to warm up after being out in the cold. If you’re feeling chilly when you’re trying to fall asleep, you may want to consider a heavy duvet or comforter.
Don’t Be Afraid to Crank Up the Heat
Your home’s heating system was designed to keep you warm, so there’s no reason to fear turning up the thermostat when you need to warm up. Investing in a smart thermostat though, can help you regulate your home’s temperature with ease and help you avoid unnecessary spikes in your energy bill. But if you find yourself needing to turn the heat up far too often…
Check for and Seal Cracks or Openings in Your Home
There are plenty of ways the cold air can creep into your home without you realizing it. Older windows may let in a draft, as may your fireplace if it hasn’t been inspected in a while. Take the time to search for potential cracks or openings, and then caulk and seal them to help trap heat inside. If you’re still having issues or feeling a draft, it might be time to replace your windows.
Light that Fireplace!
If your home has a fireplace, remember that it isn’t just there to look nice. It’s a fully functional way of heating your home—and one that’s especially helpful if you’ve lost power. A few minutes by the fireplace and you’ll be feeling like you’re in a holiday Hallmark movie. Just remember to take caution when operating your fireplace, as it is a live flame. Never leave your fire unattended, and always handle the fire with the right equipment.
Keep Your Curtains Closed at Night
While this might not be the first strategy that comes to mind, your curtains do a lot more than just look pretty. If they’re of a high enough quality and made from the right material, they can actually insulate your windows. Velvet and silk curtains do a much better job than cotton or linen ones. Be sure to leave them open in the day, and close them when it gets dark at night.
Stay Warm All Season Long With Miller’s
We want to help you! Maybe you need to have your current system inspected to ensure everything’s running smoothly. Maybe you want to upgrade to a tankless water heater to save on your utility bills and get hotter water when you need it. No matter what you’re looking for, we’re just a phone call away.
We’re trusted in the Virginia Beach area for a reason. No job is too big or too small. Contact us online today to schedule a visit, or give us a ring at 757.909.6811.