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Smart Ways to Warm Up Your Home in Winter

Happy New Year

Everyone here at Kitchen Gallery wishes you a very Happy New Year. We certainly hope that 2018 is off to a terrific start for you and your family.

So far, Old Man Winter is doing his best (or worst, depending on how you look at things).

Cold temperatures, heavy snowfall, and icy conditions have made the season incredibly tough – with no end in sight.

And nasty winter weather usually leads to things like:

  • High heating bills
  • Annoying “cold spots” scattered throughout your home

Here then, are some smart ways to heat up your home and keep more money where it belongs: in your pocket.

Open curtainsGot curtains? Open them during the day….

If you have curtains in the kitchen or bathroom (actually, any room for that matter), open them up during the day and let the sunshine in.

The sun provides both free heat and free light (the actual name for this is called “solar gain”).

As the rays from the sun pass through your windows, it gets “trapped” inside your home and doesn’t escape back out. That – in essence – is the greenhouse effect.

During the course of the day, the heat from the sun builds up and increases the temperature inside your home.

…And close them at night

When the sun goes down, shut your curtains.

You aren’t going to get any extra heat or light from the moon, and closed curtains act as an additional layer of insulation and warmth.

Move furnitureMove furniture away from vents

In the family room you might have a couch sitting on top of a vent.

Or maybe there’s an end table covering a vent in your kitchen design.

What’s more important?

  • Heating the back or bottom of a couch or floor-to-ceiling, freestanding cabinet?
  • Heating the room and the people inside it?

The second point, of course.

When your furnace kicks in, the heat it generates always looks for the path of least resistance.

Should something be obstructing it, the warm air doesn’t move around the couch, table, dresser, etc. It just sits there, warming up the area that’s underneath.

During the winter, you may need to do some rearranging to move furniture away from the vents in your home.

It’s a little bit of work, but the results – in terms of comfort and cost-savings – will be worth it.

Drafty windowsIdentify draft sources

Even with a good home heating system, there may be pockets in your home that are colder than others.

Usually, these areas are located near the windows and doors inside a kitchen and bathroom installation set up.

A short-term solution is to purchase some weather-stripping and cover up any openings or gaps where cold air is getting in.

And while old windows are charming – the older they get, the less effective they are when it comes to offering insulation.

As for doors (such as a kitchen door leading to a back garden) weather-stripping can also help.

However, if the door frames are warped, you may have to renovate them or have them replaced outright.

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