winter friendly home

9 Home Warm-ups for Winter Days

The Green Movement isn’t just about saving a few dollars on the long term; it can save up significant amounts of money if measures are implemented correctly. The first thing we all learn about green solutions is that they save on natural resources usage. The natural resources we depend on are finite, and this is something we must all take into account. Consider these alternative sources of heating that will not only save you money but will also do well to the environment, not to mention that they might make your life better.

  1.    Radiant Heating

One of the easiest ways to heat your home naturally is to use the sun’s natural radiant heating during cold days. Radiant heating differs from convection heat, which is commonly employed in a home. Radiant heat is something we can all observe day by day, as the warmth of the sun is the most common example. It means that the radiant heat principles are naturally used to transfer energy from a source that emits it to a different object. For a home, it usually works like this: The sun’s rays permeate materials and objects, and they get to heat up quickly. This is why you can feel warm on a cold sunny winter day. Opening blinds and other window coverings allows natural sunlight and warmth to enter the home. Multiple skylights can provide rising temperatures without extra work.

  1.    Energy-Efficient Garage Doors

Very few people do not understand how the parking area impacts the indoor air temperature. This is particularly the case if each room does not have adequate insulation. A garage door that fails to shut properly or is otherwise damaged will allow the temperature of the garage to become either warmer or colder, according to the season. Getting an energy-efficient garage door helps preserve the heat inside, which contributes to maintaining the temperature of the home.

  1.    Geothermal Heating

Standard heaters warm up the normal temperature, but a geothermal system starts with a higher temperature because it utilizes the ground’s basal temperature, which can be anywhere between 45 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. The system’s coils are buried in the ground. Liquid transports the heat, and a compressor uses it to extract the fluid. The remaining temperature difference is used as desired. Regardless of the weather and the season, the temperature of the Earth remains constant.

These geothermal heating and cooling systems use this heat to regulate your home warmth. They use less energy and may also lower your home’s carbon footprint.

  1.    Pellet Stoves

Pellet stoves are like wood stoves, but they are more efficient at heating the home, and they can use a renewable source of fuel to do so. Pellet stoves need microscopic “fuel” to heat up the home. Often, the traditional wood stoves can require log after log to heat the home; whereas, a pellet stove needs a small scoop of pellets to do so during the night. They are made from switchgrass and waste products, like sawdust. An added benefit of using this system is that the homeowner won’t have to secure wood to burn, which can be expensive in the long-run. The system steadily uses fuel from a storage container and produces a constant flame that requires little to no physical adjustments.

  1.    Solar Heat

Not to be confused with radiant heating, a solar heating system uses solar radiation for heating. There are two types of systems: one system heats up liquid in a hydronic collector, and the other one heats up the air. Both systems typically have a storage system so that heat can be stored and used during the night. Solar liquid collectors are used for central heating. A heat transfer of fluid (water, antifreeze, or another type) absorbs the solar heat in the collector. When it’s right, a controller operates a circulating pump that moves the fluid through the collector. The warm fluid can be immediately used.

Solar air heating systems use the air as a liquid to absorb and transfer solar energy. These collectors and heat individual rooms or pre-heat the air that passes into a heat ventilator or through the air coil of an air-source heat pump. Air is less useful for heating that liquid, and less energy-efficient.

  1.    Masonry Heater

A masonry heater, mostly, looks and operates like a freestanding fireplace or stove. However, they trap heat more efficiently than other types of systems. Bricks or masonry concrete warm up from the material burned within, and the bricks or concrete provide a steady source of heat and can increase the temperature of a home in 12 or 24 hours. A masonry heater uses wood for cooking, but it puts out far less pollution than a regular wood stove, and it uses far less wood for burning.

  1.    Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans can seem like a confusing way to make a home warmer, but if each room of a building employed ceiling fans, the entire structure would feel substantially warmer. Fan blades are diagonally-situated, and they can be used to push hot air downwards inside the house if they are set in the opposite direction. Small tip: During summer, just reverse the ceiling fans and the temperature will self-regulate and decrease.

  1.    Seal Windows

Heat leaves home through many sources. Windows need to be properly caulked from the outside to maintain a comfortable temperature inside. Gaps can be a common occurrence when warmer months cause caulk to dry out. This is not pleasant during the winter season. Window insulator kits also help to keep the warm air in. The double-paned glass is excellent for allowing natural light to enter the home, but it also contributes to maintaining the home warm by preventing air leakage.

  1.    Insulation of the Attic

People are always told to be careful with insulation, but very few people think about how this impacts the attic. While each room and walls of the home should be insulated, the attic is no exception. Warm air rises and invariably goes into the attic. Attic fans need to be closed off to prevent warm air from escaping the attic during colder months.

Upfront costs for the above mentioned are usually more than traditional heating sources; however, they more than pay for themselves in the long-run. Also, you may benefit from the 45L Tax Credit according to legislation, this making these systems easier to afford. Consider Walker Reid Strategies to assist you in your green approach to living.