When the temperatures outside drop, it can become difficult and expensive to keep a home warm. If you’re trying to make your home warmer or save on heating costs during the winter, try these tips. They’ll help you stay as warm as possible until the cold weather disappears.

Boost the Efficiency of Your Home

 How efficient is your home? If your home isn’t very energy efficient, try adding more insulation or replacing windows with more energy-efficient models. Both of these can help keep the heat inside the home. While you’re looking into ways to improve your home, make sure your roof is in good shape so the heat won’t dissipate faster. Check out for help making your home more efficient.

Use Plenty of Blankets Inside

 While the goal might be to heat the whole home, keeping blankets around for anyone inside the home to use can help everyone stay warm. Try wool blankets or other thick, heavy blankets that are going to provide more warmth. Adding extra layers of clothing can help as well.

Bake Some Cookies

Turning on the oven can help you heat up the kitchen. If you’re planning on baking, don’t close the oven door completely once you’re done. Instead, leave it cracked just a little bit so the heat can dissipate into the room and warm up the kitchen area. Always use care if there are small children or pets inside the home.

Move Heat to Where It’s Needed

Most homes with a whole-home heating system will have vents inside each room. Close these vents in rooms that aren’t being used so they aren’t heated. While you’ll want to make sure the room doesn’t get cold enough that pipes freeze, closing the vents enables the heat to be concentrated in the parts of the home you’re using.

Open the Curtains to Let Light In

Sunlight can help heat up a home, so go ahead and open the curtains during the day to let in as much light as possible. Remember to make sure your windows are energy-efficient and to caulk around the edges to avoid heat escaping through them. During the warmest parts of the day, this can add quite a bit of heat to the inside of the home.

Install Radiant Floor Heating

If new flooring is in the plans, look into options for radiant floor heating. Heat rises, so the floors inside a home are usually the coldest parts. Radiant floor heating can make the floors much warmer, which means the whole house stays warmer without the heating system needing to work quite as hard. There are plenty of different options for flooring that works well with radiant floor heating and it can be used throughout the home.

Add Carpets on Hardwood or Tile Floors

As mentioned, the floors can be the coldest part of the home. Around 10% of heat loss in a home is actually due to uninsulated flooring, which means the floors are going to be very cold throughout the day. To combat this, if radiant floor heating isn’t an option, look into adding rugs on hardwood or tile floors. The rugs help prevent heat loss by insulating the flooring a little bit and can help your feet feel warmer compared to walking on the cold floors.

Don’t wait until the weather gets cold to start looking into ways to keep your home warm. Start by checking your insulation and the energy efficiency of your home, then look into the other tips here to see what’s going to help you keep the home warmer throughout the winter.