Keeping a new house warm and cozy in the winter
Everyone likes to stay warm and comfortable in the winter months here in Michigan. Believe it or not, even a new house can be made more cozy and energy efficient with a few simple tips.
This is a great place to start. Chances are good your new house has a programmable thermostat. Use the programming functions to schedule the time you'd like the house to be warmer like when you'll be awake and home. Set it to run at a cooler temperature when you'll away such as while you're at work. You won't need to have the temp set as high over night either. You'll be asleep and blankets can do most of the heating for you. Programmable thermostats are one of the best ways to not only keep your new house comfy, but save money on energy bills too.
Let The Sun In!
With new construction, you'll more than likely have windows that are well seated and sealed. Keeping your curtains open during the day means you'll be able to keep your house warmer. The programmable thermostat won't have to work so hard to keep your daytime temp.
Close the Curtains!
Before the sun sets, close the curtains. This will help keep your home warm. Your drapes are another insulated layer between your heat and the glass in the windows. Purchasing insulated curtains gives you even more opportunity to keep the house warm and the heating bills down.
Vents and Cold Air Returns
Make sure all the heat vents in the rooms you're using are open and unobstructed. Close vents in rooms you're not using and even rooms you don't expect to use. It's also a good idea to close the doors to these rooms so heat that's needed elsewhere isn't diverted.
In addition to keeping the vents open, make sure your cold air return vents are not covered by anything. They are integral to the efficiency of your heating system.