Leave it to that cold snap in February to remind you that your home needs better insulation and that there are areas of it that are considerably colder than others. The easy solution, of course, is to just crank up the heat. But that leads to higher utility bills and parts of the house that are too hot while others are just right.

Trying to stay warm in the winter is a game that you can win by following a few easy tips. Total Care Heating and Air, your furnace repair service in Riverside, offers you these tips to keep your home warmer in the winter.

Use Your Curtains

Heat from the sun is free, so get as much of it as you can. Keep your curtains fully open during the daylight hours and soak up all of that glorious sun.

But then shut the curtains as soon as the sun goes down. Curtains act as another layer of insulation and will help keep that warmth in the room.

Move Your Couch

Sure, sitting on your couch is nice and toasty warm because you have it placed by the fireplace or next to the radiator, but it is also absorbing heat that could be circulating and warming your home.

This holds true for any piece of furniture you have blocking a heater vent. By moving it out of the way, hot air circulates more freely and warms your home more efficiently.

Find the Drafts

It makes perfect sense to spend some time discovering all of the drafts on your home and getting them covered up. Doors offer gaps where cold air can blast through, so invest in a few draft stoppers. Also, check your windows and make sure they are tightly shut. You might also want to consider getting the clear insulation you put over your windows.

Close Off Unused Rooms

You don’t spend very much time in the spare bedroom, so keep the door closed to prevent cold air from moving into the rest of the house. This will also keep the heat your furnace is generating in the rooms where you do spend most of your time.

Add Some Layers to the Floor

Area rugs do much more than just add color and style to your floor, they are a great way to keep your floors cozy warm. If floors are uninsulated, they can account for as much as 10 percent of your heat loss.

Get a Cat or Dog

You will always be warmer when sitting on the couch watching movies if there is a cat or dog there to snuggle.

Bake a Cake

Bake a cake, brownies or anything you can think of to help warm up the house. When you are finished baking, leave the door on the oven open a bit to let your home get all of that wonderful heat.

Wear Socks

It’s winter, dress like it. In addition to a pair of warm wool socks, put on that big bathrobe and sweatpants to help keep yourself toasty warm.

And if your furnace is acting up and not keeping your home warm, give Total Care Heating and Air a call.