Eight Eco-Friendly Ways To Keep Your New Home Warm In The Winter
Moving right before or during winter means looking for ways to keep your new home warm. If you have decided to adopt a green lifestyle in your new home, looking for ways to keep warm may seem like a hard task. However, it is actually easy to keep warm while sticking to your green lifestyle.
Here are eight eco-friendly ways to keep your new home warm in the winter.
Seal The Cracks
The first thing you should do is check your new home for any cracks or gaps, which are both possible in even the newest home. You do not want the cracks to let in any cold air and cause you to turn up the heat. If you find any cracks or gaps, seal and re-caulk them as soon as possible.
Cover Your Windows
When you go shopping for your new home, invest in some heavy curtains or thick blinds for your windows. Covering your windows is a great way to keep the cold air outside and the warm air inside. You want to keep your windows closed and covered when the sun goes down.
Get A Programmable Thermostat
If your new home does not have a programmable thermostat, you may want to add it to your list of upgrades. A programmable thermostat allows you to turn the temperature down when you are sleeping or out of the house, but you can have it set to automatically adjust the temperature for when you wake up or get home.
A Warm Glow
There are other ways to warm up your home once you turn down the thermostat. The fireplace is a great way to heat up your home and create a cozy atmosphere, and you can work up a sweat by chopping the fire wood. If you do not have a fireplace, you can always light a few candles to create a warm glow. You can also open the curtains during the day to let in the sunlight.
Use Area Rugs
Do you have hardwood or tile floors in your new home? It is no secret that these surfaces get cold in the winter. You may be tempted to turn up the thermostat, but you can warm up your feet by covering the floors with soft area rugs. You can find area rugs in different sizes and textures to create a warmer home.
Cover In Layers
You should always dress for warmth in the winter, from sweaters and lounge pants to cozy socks and slippers. Covering in layers is not limited to your winter apparel. You can also cover up with throw blankets, comforters or quilts to keep warm after you turn down the thermostat.
Close Off Unused Rooms
There is no reason to heat up a room you are not using at the moment. The rooms that are not used often should be closed with the heat shut off. You can always turn on the heat when you are ready to use the room. If you have too many vents in your new home, close a few vents until you need to use them.
Make Yourself Sweat
You are sure to feel warmer when you work up a sweat by exercising. One idea is to take your exercise outdoors by going for a jog or working out in the backyard. A good workout causes you to feel warmer regardless of the weather, and your body stays warm for several hours after your workout.
If you are looking for more ways to warm up your new home without wasting energy, you can always ask your REALTOR® for ideas. You can start your new chapter with a warmer home, lower bills and healthier environment.