Bundle Up and Take Action for a Cozier Season
Winter weather has a way of catching you by surprise. One day you’re lounging in the warm sun and the next, you’re venturing inside to escape the chill night air. December is one of the coldest months here in the Palm Springs area and if you’re not careful, you could get left out in the cold.
Before you reach to turn up the thermostat, consider these money-saving tips for staying warm when the weather turns.
- Caulk and seal cracks in windows and doors. You can pile on as many sweaters as fast as your grandma can knit them, but not much will help if there’s a cold breeze blowing through the cracks in your windows. Ask a friend or family member to help identify the gaps by running a flashlight along the edges from the outside. If the light shines through on the inside, that’s where it needs to be sealed with caulk.
- Curtain call: close them at night and open them during the day. Curtains are barriers to both cold and warm air. Let the warmth in from the sun in the morning by opening them up, and keep the draft out by closing them at night.
- Make the smart move. Why race to the thermostat every time the weather dips when you can install a smart thermostat instead? A smart thermostat uses your Wi-Fi connection to adjust the temperature automatically. Now, with all the extra time you’ve freed up, you can…
- Make yourself a hot drink. Hot drinks naturally elevate core temperatures. Need an excuse to add a little richness to your cup? Good fats like the cream in cocoa or a latte will generate the burning of calories that creates heat. Treating yourself never felt so good!
- Switch the ceiling fans to turn clockwise. While it might seem counterintuitive to turn on your ceiling fan in the colder months, warm air rises. A ceiling fan running clockwise on low speed creates an updraft that helps move the warmer air trapped up by the ceiling back down into the room.
- Schedule a maintenance appointment for your heater. We’ve all heard the phrase, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” Unfortunately, these words don’t apply to heaters. Regular maintenance is the only way to ensure that your heating system is running as efficiently as possible, which, in turn, can save you a bundle each month. It’s also an opportune time to discuss any necessary heating replacement to ensure you’ll get through the winter without any setbacks.
- Check your batteries. There’s nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night in a freezing room because the batteries in your thermostat died overnight. Make it a practice to change them out once a year to avoid this chilly wake-up call.
- Put a damper on things. Fireplaces can attract all of the attention—and all of the warmth—right out of the room. When you’re not using the fireplace, make sure the damper is closed to keep the heat in your home where it belongs.
- Shed some light on the outlets. One of the draftiest parts of the house are also the most inconspicuous. You can prevent chilly air from coming through the outlets by insulating them.
- Layer up. Before you reach for your thickest sweater when you’re shivering, consider this:two thin layers are actually warmer than one thick one. Air gets trapped between each layer to provide more thermal insulation than one layer alone.
Feel the Warmth With Our Service at Timo’s
These tips will help you block the chill, but if you find you’re in need of professional service, Timo’s will ensure your home stays nice and cozy when temperatures drop.