In the summertime, warming your home is the last thing on your mind. When the nights turn chilly, though, you’ll wish you’d started thinking about it sooner. Fortunately, maximizing the warmth of your house doesn’t require a lot of work or an unlimited budget. A few repairs, home improvement efforts, and other adjustments can make your home warmer, both in temperature and in terms of the emotions it elicits.
Consider upgrading your heating system.
If you’ve done all you can to maximize the warmth throughout your home but still aren’t seeing the results you’d like, a heating system upgrade might be the final push it needs. Consider any appliances that warm your house and whether any might be outdated or in need of repair. Consult an HVAC technician and, if necessary or simply beneficial, get them to repair or replace your heating system to better warm your house.
For some people, it might seem like nonessential maintenance projects are one of those little things you do to impress a potential buyer—things to do before selling your house. But, unlike adding a fresh coat of paint to the living room or clearing the clutter from your countertops, some home improvement projects are key to you being comfortable in your home right now. Check your home for gaps and drafts, whether it’s a space between the carpet and baseboard or a cold breeze coming from a closet on a chilly night. Have a professional perform an inspection on your heating system to make sure everything is working properly. Taking care of these issues in advance is an easy way to keep your home warm come winter—without needing to shiver through highs in the upper 30s while you wait.
Let the light in—or don’t.
One of the easiest ways to make your house warmer quickly is to pay attention to your curtains. If parting them will let sunlight stream in during the day, then it’s a good idea to embrace that natural heat source as much as you can. But, conversely, a thick curtain can help keep your house warm when the sun goes down. Get to know your home and figure out a system that works for you and your family. This low-effort option is especially helpful if you’re looking for a method that doesn’t require much money. The most you might need to invest in is a set of curtains!
Another easy way to help your house get warmer is almost too simple: spend some time getting rid of clutter. Having too much “stuff” around your house isn’t just stressful—it can reduce airflow, making your HVAC system less effective. If you want your house to be warmer, one of the first things you should do is clear out the mess and make room for heat to move through your home. If you go all-in with a deep cleaning, all the better.
Add some cozy accents.
If making little repairs and adjusting your routine doesn’t get your home as warm as you’d like it to, a few accessories can go a long way towards keeping you comfortable. A plush rug paired with a thick pair of socks will keep your feet toasty on even the coldest tile or hardwood floors. A few fuzzy blankets strewn across the living room can give you a cozy place to cuddle up and add a warm aesthetic to a room, even if it’s still a bit too cold for your liking.
Through the summer months, making your house a warmer place to be might not seem like a big deal. But, come winter, you’ll be grateful for the steps you’ve taken to maximize the heat throughout your home. Even the smallest changes can go a long way and give your chilly home a second chance to be comfortable all winter long.