There are many improvements and maintenance techniques you should take an interest in for the sake of your house. However, none of them are as important as keeping your home warm in the winter.
After all, previous winters were colder than usual. Three years ago, even NASA admitted that future winters will get much colder than we are used to.
So it’s important to do your best when it comes to keeping your home warm during the winter. Our recommendation would be to start out by finding out the truth behind common myths.
In the end, it’s important to make the right decision, and you can’t do that if you rely on the wrong information.
1. KEEPING YOUR HOME WARM IN THE WINTER IS EASIER WITH A FIREPLACE
We do not deny that this is a good way to heat up a small area. But we’re talking about a room. Not the entire house.
Fireplaces do a great job in smaller areas. When it comes to larger ones, they fall short. Don’t forget that their primary purpose is cosmetic and entertainment-oriented. They do not focus on utility.
Of course, some fireplaces feature modern designs, which can heat a larger area. However, ultimately, the heating comes from a central furnace, not the fireplace itself.
Keeping your home warm in the winter this way does sound nice. But it’s far from perfect. Expect to only be able to heat up a room or two, and your energy bills to stay the same. Also, don’t forget about the added cost of fuel, coal, or wood.
2. YOU CAN ALWAYS RELY ON PORTABLE HEATERS TO SAVE MONEY
Yes, portable heaters are always a possibility if you are strapped for cash. They are quite energy-efficient, and they do a rather good job.
But here’s the problem: Like fireplaces, they are only suitable for a small area. Again, this means you’ll have to contend with heating up only a room.
Plus, you’ll have to take them around with you all over the house, unless you think getting many portable heaters is a viable option. However, doing that will just cause costs to add up over time.
What you have to know is that homeowners who don’t have insulated houses use portable heaters as a temporary fix, which leads us to our last myth.
3. HOME INSULATION DOESN’T DO A GREAT JOB OF KEEPING YOUR HOME WARM IN THE WINTER
This myth is one of the most harmful ones out there. Contrary to what some people will tell you, home insulation helps keep warm air from escaping your house and in turn to be replaced with cold air.
This ensures your entire home stays warm and that you’ll always feel comfortable, no matter what time of the year it is.
Lastly, if warm air does not escape your home, notably through the roof, you won’t have to deal with ice dams in the winter. We all know what a nuisance they can be.
The only problem here would be deciding which type of home insulation works best for you. We would recommend you try out multifoil insulation. It’s easy to install, you can place it anywhere in the house, and it generates no dust whatsoever.
Just remember that to get the most out of insulation, you have to install it throughout your home, not just in your attic.
If you want to find out more, be sure to get in touch with us today. We’ll also throw in a free insulation sample pack just for you.