No one wants to have a chilly, drafty home in winter. Even if you live in a more temperate climate, you want your family to be comfortable during cold weather. Heating a home requires energy, which costs money. Use the following 5 tips to heat your home efficiently and lower your heating bill.

1. Heat Your Home Efficiently With Proper Insulation

Adding wall insulation professionally can get expensive, but it will pay off in the long run with a cozier home and lower heating bills. DIY attic insulation is easier and also makes a big difference. Eight-inch insulation should be sufficient for most attics. Wear protective clothing and goggles if you are taking adding insulation yourself.

2. Help Your Windows Keep Out the Cold

Double or triple-pane windows are the best way to keep out the cold, but if it’s not in the budget to replace the windows, help heat your home efficiently with heavy thermal drapes. Open them on sunny days to let solar energy in and close them at night. Another inexpensive option is an insulating film that you can attach to windows with a hairdryer. Find it at most hardware stores.

3. Install a Chimney Balloon

Many homes today have fireplaces that are decorative rather than the main heating source. Although sitting around the fireside can help you feel toasty, an unused fireplace allows heat to escape the home. If you only use your fireplace occasionally or don’t use it at all, install a chimney balloon. Made of laminate, they are placed inside the chimney hole and then inflated to shut out the incoming cold and keep heat from escaping. It must be removed each time you light a fire, but the slight inconvenience will help you heat your home efficiently.

4. Stop Drafts to Heat Your Home Efficiently

Watch out for cold air that comes through letterboxes, dog and cat doors, and cracks around doors and windows. These small drafts can hinder your efforts to heat your home efficiently. Seal cracks with caulking and install weatherstripping around drafty doors and windows. Letterboxes and pet doors can be covered with a thick piece of fabric or plastic.

5. Use a Programmable Thermostat

Some homeowners may think that running the heat at a constant temperature all day is best, but that’s not the case. Use a programmable thermostat to help heat your home efficiently. On the coldest days, set the heat to come on earlier rather than turning it up high to warm the house up rapidly. A programmable thermostat uses programmed settings to come on at various times of the day. You can turn your heat down while away and sleeping, but program the thermostat to warm your home before you return and before you wake up in the morning.

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