The approach of winter makes you, especially if you live in a place that gets really cold and are really worried about how to lower your heating costs. There are 5 DIY tips that are really simple but very effective to warm the house or optimize the heating effect of your internal heating system.
Adjusting the thermostat of the room heater to the minimal temperature that is sufficient for the occupants is a very logical DIY tip to lower your heating cost. You need your house not to be cold and not heated to certain degrees.
Adjust Water Heaters
Mostly, water heaters are pre-set by the manufacturers at certain degrees, which is often above the requirement. Since people never adjust the heater at a lower temperature, they fail to notice how much heat is sufficient for them. The simplest DIY tip to lower your heating cost is to adjust the heater according to your requirement.
The fire heats the area around the fireplace, which expels it out of the chimney making the room inside the house for the cold air from outside to move in. Thus, you never have your house heated enough to be able to leave the fireplace readily. An effective DIY tip to lower your heating cost is to evaluate the necessity of fireplace. If the fireplace is not a necessity, do not use it and seal the chimney flue, which will not allow the heat generated by human body and the heater to escape, leaving no room for cold air. However, if the fireplace is necessary, close the damper when it is not in use to retain the heat inside.
Sealing every crack and opening on the doors, windows and elsewhere in the house need not to be mentioned. The real DIY tip to lower your heating cost is insulated curtains. They do not conduct heat, hence optimizing the heater-effect. Those made of high-density foam or acrylic with reflective film reflects the heat backwards into the house. They should be kept open as long as sunlight peeps in so that the room temperature is raised. Hanging the curtains as the sunlight fades away helps to retain the heat inside.
Utilise Ceiling Fans
This may sound absurd but the same ceiling fan that seems a lifesaver in summer can be utilized in winter to optimize the heating inside the house. Normally, ceiling fans run anticlockwise creating suction towards the ceiling and as result of it gush air downwards. Technically, it is the direction of motion of its blades that causes the effect. So, like anticlockwise motion works in summer, clockwise motion is effective in winter as it causes just the reverse effect. Warm air rises and cold air sinks. Due to the reverse motion, the heavy cold air is pulled upwards creating room for light warm air.