It’s that time of year again: temperatures are dropping, the holiday season is on everyone’s mind and it’s time to cozy up inside your home. This time of year also means it’s time to turn your heating system on to stay comfortable. If you’re looking for ways to keep your home warm without driving up energy costs, check out these cold weather tips to improve home efficiency:

  1. Routine maintenance. If you haven’t had your HVAC system and appliances serviced in a while, now is a good time to do so. This will ensure your system is functioning efficiently BEFORE you crank it on cold days. It’s also a good idea to check on your insulation and weather stripping around windows and doors.
  2. Use windows to your advantage. Your windows can set the mood and temperature of your home more than you may realize. Let the light in during the day so the sun can naturally warm your home, and keep curtains closed at night to help block the cold radiating from window glass.
  3. Use your thermostat wisely. We understand it’s important to feel comfortable in your home, but when you are away during the day or on a weekend trip, turning your heat down a few degrees will help keep your energy bills lower.
  4. Small touches. Some smaller touches can change the comfort of your home quickly, like adding rugs in rooms with wood or tile floors, changing the direction of your ceiling fans to distribute warm air better and closing the doors to colder rooms you don’t use frequently.

If you are buying or building family-friendly home, or improving upon your existing home with a custom renovation, we would love to talk with you! Give Schneider Custom Builders a call and let us help you take that first step toward your dream home: 757-819-4466.