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6 More Weeks of Winter: 6 Ways to Cozy Up Your Home

While Houston has been spared the blizzards that have blanketed the Northeast with snow, anything under 75 degrees here is considered freezing.

In addition, the famous groundhog prognosticator, Punxsatawney Phil, saw his shadow on Monday, predicting another 6 weeks of winter.

What does all this mean for you?

  • Well, first of all, groundhogs bite so don’t hold them up to people’s faces.
  • A longer winter, with plenty of cold ahead
  • Still time to eat, drink, and dress for winter

6 Ways To Cozy Up Your Home:

1. Take in the sunshine. Open your curtains and let the sun naturally heat your home. Conversely, close your curtains and blinds at night for extra window insulation. There are even “thermal curtains” that are especially made to help insulate windows, and they look luxurious.


2. Cut the draft. Windows are a huge source of energy loss in any home.Instead of spending a fortune on all new windows, use window insulating shrink film, a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet, on the frames of all your unused windows. This will help prevent cold air from sneaking into your home while also preventing your precious conditioned air from leaking out. Make sure the plastic is sealed tightly to the frame. The transparent air-sealed plastic will go almost completely unnoticed.


Source: greenthinkers.org

3. Lower the thermostat. When you are asleep or out of the house, turn your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours and save around 10 percent a year on your heating and cooling bills. Remember, for every 1 degree that you set your thermostat back, you save about 1% on your heating costs.

4. Use your fan. This isn’t a joke; ceiling fans can be used during the winter season to help distribute your warm air throughout your home. Since heat rises, the updraft caused by the fan’s blades will force the warm air up and around to the sides and bottom of your room. All you have to do is flip the little black switch so the fan blades spin the other direction, creating an updraft instead of a downdraft.


5. Seal those air leaks. Add caulk to seal air leaks around leaky doors and windows. Replace old and worn weatherstripping. This job will save you about 15% on your heating and cooling expenses.

From BrightNest.com:

1. Remove all the old caulk on the window with your putty knife or scraper.

2. Load the tube into your caulking gun using the instructions on the gun package. Once it’s properly loaded, cut off the tip of the caulk tube.

3. Apply the caulk at a measured pace along the cracks in your window’s seal. Be smooth and use consistent, light pressure. You want your caulk to be applied in one continuous line.

4. Smooth your caulk with a plastic spoon, popsicle stick or even your fingers.

5. Let it dry completely.

Since the process is a bit more complicated than this, here is an in-depth video:

6. Maintain your furnace. Schedule a regular tune-up for your heating system. Also remember to check and/or change your filters everymonth. Write the date on the frame of the filter whenever you replace it so that you know exactly how long it has been since the last change.

Scheduling regular maintenance on your heating and cooling system is almost as important as choosing the right HVAC contractor to do it. Make sure you get a licensed, background checked professional to maintain your system.