Effectively managing your home’s temperature will help improve your health, reduce monthly bills, and make your life more comfortable. However, managing temperature can be challenging during extreme cold or hot weather. Luckily, there are plenty of DIY temperature management methods you can implement in your home, which you’ll find below.
Install a Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat can be programmed remotely using a smartphone app or other capable device. As well as this, it learns about your heating and cooling habits to help save money on your energy bills. When you’re installing a smart thermostat, these general tips will be useful:
- Disconnect and power down the HVAC before doing any work.
- Completely remove the old thermostat.
- Read installation instructions thoroughly and get to work.
- After installing the thermostat, reconnect the HVAC and connect the new system to the Wi-Fi.
- Carry out a series of tests to make sure everything works.
If you want to make your thermostat even more effective, we recommend installing a sensor to reduce hot and cold spots. Additionally, you should avoid cranking up the thermostat in an attempt to heat the home faster. All this will do is consume more energy while heating at the same rate.
Insulation reduces the transfer of heat between different rooms in the house, and it keeps properties cool during summer and warm during winter. By adding insulation, your home will be much more energy efficient and you’ll have more control over the temperature. There are many different materials for insulation, including:
- Spray foam: Very effective at reducing heat transference, but it’s more expensive than other options.
- Rock wool: Made from volcanic rocks, this material is more fire-resistant than some other insulation options.
- Cellulose: Made using recycled paper, this insulation is great for homes with an irregular shape.
- Fiberglass: The most common insulation choice because it’s cheap and effective.
Seal Air Leaks
If your property has cracks around the home, conditioned air will escape, and you’ll notice significant fluctuations in temperature. Air leaks are typically found around doors and windows, in the floors/walls, and in attics/basements.
You can easily check your home for cracks using your hand or a smoke stick, and then fill them yourself because it doesn’t take much skill. Common methods for air sealing include installing insulation, caulking, weatherstripping, and using foam sealants.
Use Window Coverings
If the sun is making your home insufferably warm, you can use window coverings to keep out the rays. Not only can window coverings save money on your monthly energy bills, but they will also save your furniture from damage and make the home more comfortable. The most common coverings are curtains or blinds, but you can install shutters or shades.
By following the DIY temperature management techniques outlined above, your home will be more comfortable, and you’ll be saving money on monthly energy bills. Remember, even the smallest change can make an enormous difference, so don’t worry if you can’t get everything completed at the same time.