The winters here in Birmingham, Alabama, are mild most of the time. But some days, the temperatures are below freezing. It even snows occasionally. Fortunately, you can stay comfortable in cold weather without letting high utility bills break your budget. Stay warm in winter by selecting the right clothing, adding insulation, and taking advantage of sunlight.

Choosing the Right Clothing

When you wear warm clothing, you’ll feel warmer without having to wait for your heater to raise the temperature of the air in your home. Wear a cozy bathrobe, some slippers, or warm socks. Add a throw or a quilt to your couch and use an extra blanket on your bed. People lose a lot of their body heat through their heads, so a warm hat could also help.

Adding Insulation

Adding extra insulation will help you in preventing uncomfortable drafts and warm areas. You should also replace any insulation that has mold in it to avoid allergy and asthma symptoms. Check your insulation for mold or leaks once per season, and don’t forget to look for gaps in the weatherstripping underneath windows and doors. Use caulk to take care of gaps near electrical outlets, windows, and light fixtures.

Taking Advantage of Sunlight

Open your curtains during the day to take advantage of Alabama’s sunny weather. That way, your home will feel warmer, and you’ll be able to enjoy natural free sunlight, instead of using power for electric lights. Close your blinds, window shades, and curtains at night to keep the sun’s heat inside for as long as possible. You could also have solar panels installed in your yard on or your roof. With enough solar panels, you’ll be able to generate most of the power for your home. They come in a variety of colors, sizes, and styles.

Total Comfort Heating and Air is one of the few HVAC professionals with an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. We can help you install, repair, and maintain a variety of heating and cooling equipment. Call us anytime at (205) 386-2056 for friendly service from one of our experts.

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