It’s not fun feeling cold month after month all winter long. Turning up the thermostat is the obvious solution if you’re feeling a little chilly, but turning up the heat just one or two degrees can have a huge impact on your utility bill.
If you don’t want to end up spending hundreds more on your heating bill this winter than you have to, but you don’t necessarily want to wear layers and live under piles of blankets either, there are things you can do to keep your home warm without touching the thermostat.
Use an Electric Heater
If heat is really what you want, skip using your HVAC system to heat your whole home when you’re spending the majority of your time in just a few rooms. Instead, use an electric heater to heat the space where you’re spending the most time.
Don’t think you need industrial electric heaters to make a dent in your home’s temperature either! Small electric heaters can be placed in the living room next to the couch to help keep you warm while you’re watching TV and electric garage heaters can be used when you’re working on a few home improvement projects this winter.
If you’re looking for a little more ambiance in your home, consider an electric fireplace with a space heater included. Either way, it’s much cheaper to use an electric heater than it is to turn up the thermostat and heat all the rooms in your home.
Use a Humidifier
Humidifiers can help moisten the air, which means less static cling in the winter. That’s just one benefit of running a humidifying unit. There’s a reason why summer air is much more humid than winter air. Humid air always feels warmer than dry air, which means it can make your home feel more comfortable all around.
If you want an extra boost of warmth, consider investing in a humidifier that enables you to choose between warm and cool humidified air. They can be a bit pricier than standard humidifiers, but it’s a bit like having a heater and humidifier in one.
Cook With the Stove and the Oven
You may cook with the stove and the oven all year round, but as soon as it starts getting chilly outside, it’s a good idea to use the stove and the oven whenever you can. That means cooking soups on the stove, baking cookies, and even heating up leftovers in the oven.
Both generate heat in your home. When you bake a pizza or make a casserole and leave the oven for 15 minutes, 30 minutes, or more, that heat will enter their air and make your home warmer.
For an extra boost of heat, keep the oven cracked open after you’re done baking as it cools down to release the extra heat into your home. Boiling water on the stove can also heat and humidify your home.
Reverse Your Ceiling Fan
The last thing you probably consider doing when the temperature drops inside your home is turn on your ceiling fan. The trick is to reverse which way your blades turn.
In the summer, your fan should pull air up from the floor. In the winter, it should blow air down from the ceiling down. Warm air rises, so reversing your ceiling fan can recirculate that warmer air back into your room instead of letting it sit up by your ceiling.
Most ceiling fans have a switch that enables you to control the blade direction. Flip it so your blades turn clockwise and keep your fan on low to get the most out of the warm air in your house.
You’re always going to feel warmer if you’re active than if you’re sedentary. That doesn’t mean you have to jog on a treadmill every time you get cold, although that is an option!
Easier ways to get active and warm up when you feel chilly include:
- Dust and wipe the counters in the kitchen
- Vacuum the living room
- Paint your bedroom
- Fold the laundry
If you were hoping to relax and binge watch your favorite show, but you’re feeling a little chilly, consider standing up and doing a few stretches to warm up your muscles.
Don’t think you have to shell out more money by turning up your thermostat just to stay warm this winter! Combine a few of the tips on this list and you’ll find that you can stay much warmer without a lot of extra money.