Temperatures across the US have been unseasonably high this winter, and the Sarasota-area continued to experience temperatures in the 80s even in December. While some have continued to rely on the air conditioner for cooling, milder temperatures mean we have been able to at times, increase the thermostat settings or even turn off the air conditioner altogether. Whenever the temperatures are mild or even slightly cooler, to save energy, consider these six ways to warm up without turning on the heat.
One of the easiest ways to warm up your home is to seal air leaks throughout your home. Check windows and doors for drafts. Seal leaks with weatherstripping and caulk. These are inexpensive products, but make a lot of difference in helping you to manage indoor temperatures.
Manage Indoor Humidity Levels
If humidity levels are high, since the weather is nicer outside, it is a good idea to open windows to help to improve air circulation and ventilation. Also a dehumidifier can help to restore indoor comfort. This is because extra moisture in the air makes your home feel warmer than it is.
There is less chance of high indoor humidity when cooler temperatures arrive. You should always try to keep your home’s humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent. Use a hygrometer to help you manage the humidity levels in your home. Keep in mind that whether the humidity is too high or too low, it can cause a whole range of indoor air quality problems, so make sure to keep your home’s humidity in check.
Use Ceiling Fans to Circulate Air
Many homeowners in the Sarasota area rely on ceiling fans to moderate humid air, but these devices can do even more. During the summer months, you set the fan in a forward or counterclockwise direction to push cool air downward through the room. When cooler temperatures arrive, set the fan in the reverse direction to circulate warmer air throughout the room. Changing the direction in which the blades spin requires only a flick of the switch just below the blades. Be sure that the fan is turned off before making that adjustment.
Redecorate With Fabrics
Hardwood, laminate, and tile floors are easy to maintain year-round and feel nice and cool in the summer, but they don’t offer much warmth in the cooler months. It is easy to warm up hard floors by adding area rugs or smaller throw rugs throughout your home. Better yet, this is a stylish and inexpensive way to change up your home’s decor seasonally.
Once you have covered the floors, you can add even more warmth by installing curtains. Not only will curtains provide a pop of color and pattern, but they can also prevent cool air from entering through the windows. Opt for heavier curtains to help keep that warm air inside.
Rethink Your Home’s Insulation
It might also be time to take a closer look at your home’s insulation to make sure it is sufficient to reduce heat transfer in key areas. Start with the attic or crawl space. Consult your HVAC technician who can help you to effectively determine where, what type, and how much insulation is needed.
Heat Where Needed
If you have a zoned system, you will be able to heat only the areas needed. Central or forced air systems force you to turn up the heat to ensure all areas receive adequate heat. Alternatively, space heaters can be used in just the areas that are occupied. They also consume less energy.
For more tips on cost-effective ways to stay warm without turning up the heat, contact All American Heating & Cooling today at (941) 451-5228. Make sure to have your HVAC system checked too, so you can be ready when the cold temperatures finally arrive. Our technicians can provide the services you need to improve comfort and HVAC system efficiency.
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