4 Ways to Heat Your Senior’s Home and Save Money this Winter

By January 17, 2014Aging in Place

With some of the coldest weather in years bearing down on most of America, heating your home has undoubtedly been at the top of the priority list. Temperatures dipping to below zero have forced many caregivers to turn up the thermostat and, in turn, turn up the heating bill. While many seniors are living on an extremely fixed income, an increase in the eclectic or gas bill can sometimes break the bank. Luckily, there are some ways to comfortably heat your loved one’s home and still save some valuable money in the process.

 
Focused Heating

 
Many seniors spend the bulk of their time in one or two rooms of the house. Frequently, those are the bedroom and the living room. If your loved one spends a great deal of his or her time in specific rooms or areas of the home, it’s a good idea to turn down the thermostat for the whole house and invest in a portable space heater. This may be a cost-efficient way to ensure your senior is nice and warm, while the rest of the house remains cooler. Just remember to follow all safety precautions for space heaters, as they do carry some risk for use.

 
Utilize a Ceiling Fan

 
High ceiling fans aren’t just for summer time. If your loved one has ceiling fans in a room, winter is the time to reverse the rotation of the blades. Warm air rises, staying close to the ceiling at all times. When you change the rotation of the fan blades, it will actually push the warm air back down and help to heat the whole room. Your loved one will notice that the room seems to heat more evenly and decreases the effort and energy of a heating unit.

 
Area Rugs

 
Area rugs are lovely additions to a room, adding some color or needed traction. However, during the cold winter months, they can actually help to decrease your senior’s energy bill and increase warmth. Rugs are a simple way to add a layer of insulation to the floor. They trap the cooler air underneath and prevent it from cooling the room. Rugs are also a great way to prevent your senior’s feet from getting cold. As area rugs can create a fall hazard, you’ll also need to implement safety precautions.

 
Let the Sun Shine

 
One of the easiest and most economical ways to help your senior loved one heat a home is to rely on good old fashioned sunshine. Open up the curtains of any north facing windows when it’s sunny outside and let the sun warm the house.

 

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