Everyone in Columbia, South Carolina knows that the winters here aren’t too extreme (especially when compared to the summers here). BUT, that doesn’t mean that you don’t have to worry about the cold weather outside this winter. We still get some freezing nights and chilly mornings here in SC so make sure you are prepared for the cold weather. Below are a few tips to help keep you warm and to keep those energy bills down this winter season.
Seal Your Doors & Windows
Sealing your windows and doors is a huge part of keeping your home warm this winter. Better known as insulation, making sure your doors and windows are properly sealed is the key to keeping the cold air outside and the warm air your heating unit is producing inside. Do yourself and your home a favor and double-check your insulation around your doors and windows. Do you notice any spots that feel cooler than the rest? If so, you might need to reseal those spots so no unwanted cold air is entering your home. If you don’t have time to have your windows and doors resealed before the cold weather is bad, throw a towel or blanket against the unsealed window and/or door. You will feel the difference and your hard-working heating unit will thank you.
Adding rugs is something that most people don’t think about doing but it can make a difference. If you add rugs to your hardwood floor, it can keep your home warmer by covering the cold surface. When you add fabric to cold surface areas, it will even help keep the heat from escaping through your floor. Adding a rug to your hard surfaces is an easy DIY tip that makes a big difference.
Utilize Your Curtains
During the colder months, it’s a good idea to keep your curtains and blinds open throughout the day. This will bring in natural sunlight inside of your home which will actually heat your home. In Columbia, South Carolina, the sunshine is pretty abundant so this can go a long way to keeping your home nice and warm in the winter. When the sun goes down, it’s important to close your curtains and blinds to try and insulate your windows as much as possible to keep the cold air from coming inside.
Close Doors & Vents to Unused Rooms
The smaller space, the easier and cheaper it is to keep that space heated. The larger space, the harder and more expensive it is to keep that space heated. If you have a room in your home that you know you don’t use and/or you only use it for a few minutes at a time during the day, go ahead and close the vents in that room. Rooms like the laundry room, guest bedrooms, closets, etc. are great examples of places you can close the vents without sacrificing your comfort. This will save you money and also keep the rooms you are in the most cozier and warm.