Many areas of the United States have enjoyed unseasonably warm fall weather, which has led to many people slacking on their preparations for winter. No matter how warm fall has been, or how delayed freezing cold temperatures may end up being, now is the time to get ready for winter. At Half Price Drapes, we have some great ideas to help you keep your home warm in winter.
Get the most from the sun
During the day, open up all your curtains on windows that face south. This allows the sun to get in and warm your home during the day. Just make sure you close them at night so that you don’t lose heat. In fact, consider upgrading to blackout curtains to firmly insulate your home at night.
Make the most of your window treatments
While our insulated curtains can help insulate your windows, there are other steps you can take too. Take some clear plastic film and tape it inside your window frames to prevent drafts from coming in. You can also upgrade to shades or curtains that fit your windows more tightly.
Keep an eye on your thermostat
You could save as much as 10% on your heating and cooling costs just by lowering your thermostat between 10 and 15 degrees for eight hours a day. Most people are gone at either work or school for that long so this should be easy to follow. Others may turn the temp down when they’re sleeping.
Take a look at your fireplace
Do you have a fireplace? If so, make sure that you’re getting what you can from it. If you’re not actively burning a fire, make sure your damper is closed. If you are burning a fire, make sure that the dampers are open at the bottom of your firebox or open a nearby window, at least a little bit. Then lower your thermostat to around 50 or 55 degrees. You could also have tempered glass doors installed and then use a heat-air exchange system that will blow that cozy, warm air back into your home.
If you have questions about updating your windows for winter months, then Half Price Drapes is your go-to source. We offer a huge range of curtains and shades, and we can make custom options that fit your exact needs. Shop online or give us a call today!