The Abilene area has already had its taste of chilly weather, and it's only going to get colder. The winter months are on the way. Is your house ready for the lower temperatures? Have no fear. There are simple ways to keep your home warm and cozy.

No huge projects here. No insulation to spray or windows to replace. These ideas are inexpensive and easy enough to arrange on a weekend afternoon. Scroll along as we take a look at ways to keep your home warm according to This Old House.

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Old heavy duty radiator heats the room in best way
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Move Furniture Away From Heat Vents and Radiators

This sounds like an obvious thing to do but you'd be surprised how many couches or recliners get moved around during the summer months - blocking heat sources - then stay there all winter. Move furniture away from vents and radiators, giving heat the space to circulate warmth throughout your home.


A brushed metal ceiling fan with black fins.
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Ceiling Fans?

Ceiling fans are spinning everywhere when the weather gets hot - but during winter? Yes, you can use them even then. Most ceiling fans have winter settings that spin the blades clockwise pushing warmer air near the ceiling down into the room. When kept at low speed, this method of warming can work well, especially in homes with cathedral or vaulted ceilings.


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Photo: Olivier Le Moal/Getty Images

Install A Programmable Thermostat

These beauties allow you to program different temperatures for different times of the day. As with anything else, your home can change in temperature throughout the day. With programmable thermostats, you can set up heat adjustments automatically. There's no need to keep your house at 68 degrees around the clock.


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Close the Flue When It's Not in Use

Fireplaces are warm and romantic, but when not in use, close the flue. Leaving one open is like leaving a window ajar. Cold air will find its way in any way it can. You'd be surprised how well this step works, especially in smaller homes.


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Photo: Getty Images/Canva

Install a Door Sweep

I'm sure you've felt it before - a rush of cold air coming from underneath the door. A good vinyl door sweep will solve the issue and help keep your home toasty. The average cost is only about $8. Cut to fit with a hacksaw, fasten with a few screws, and you're off and running.

It seems heating a home and high energy bills go hand-in-hand. Hopefully using some of these tips will take some of the chills out of opening up your utility statement too. Here's to a nice warm winter in Texas.

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