We are now in the midst of winter, and the truth is, we’re starting to notice the harsher parts of the season. Heating is at the height of the debate on energy and ecology, so it’s interesting to consider the simple ways to help keep your home warm that aren’t much more difficult than other conventional forms of heating. Today in this article from ShBarcelona we’ll be talking about what you can do to keep your home warm and therefore save on heating, because, as you know, there’s no place like home, and the warmer home can be the better.
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Tricks to keep your home toasty while saving on gas costs
The first thing you have to do is make sure that there aren’t any heat leaks in your home. These are normally caused by open doors and windows, so if you notice that your windows and doors don’t quite close all the way, you can try some sort of sealant solution or perhaps change them out for other models that don’t produce this problem. If the cost of purchasing new doors or windows is not viable at the moment, a sealant may be your best option. This brings more comfort and can cut your gas costs considerably. On the other hand, solar light can also help to warm your home. For this, opening the curtains and allowing the rays of light to enter the room through the glass provides a free and natural source of heat. These same curtains that you open to let in the sunlight can also help to keep the heat in your house when the weather isn’t as pleasant and sunny outside, as they can limit heat leaks that your windows may cause, especially if they are thicker curtains. Another source of heat for your home can be candles; along with being decorative and relaxing, they are a good way to add warmth to a room. The more you place, the more comfort you’ll have (just make sure you’re not creating a fire hazard or leaving them lit when you’re not home).
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The textiles you have in your home can also make a huge difference when it comes to keeping your house warm. Rugs, for example, help to keep your feet warm when you’re inside as well as prevent the cold from the hard floors from rising up. Fluffy, soft fabrics such as wool or fleece are of extreme value when you want to warm yourself up. Another lesser-known trick is one you can find in the bathroom – when you go to take a warm, relaxing shower to escape the cold, leave the door to the bathroom open. The steam from the shower will warm the air in the rest of the house. One trick that you can learn from your grandma to maintain warmth is to fill a hot water bag and take it to bed. These products are especially comforting and cozy and are also known for their usefulness for treating muscle pain. We want to present one last trick – when you are about to use the oven, you can leave the door slightly open to let the hot air spread throughout the rest of the space. It’s the little things that help!
What other advice do you have for keeping your home warm in the winter?