If you are getting chilly this winter and want to find ways to warm up your house that aren’t difficult to do – here are a few ideas to stay cosy this christmas time.
While they’re romantic on a chilly evening, lighting a fire is terribly inefficient for the rest of your home. When you do have a fire, just be sure to use a glass front for your fireplace, which keeps some of that heated air in your home from escaping up the chimney once the flames have gone out.
Once the sun goes down, keep all that heat from leaving through the windows by closing the drapes. If you’re in a particularly cold home or geographic area, consider getting insulated curtains for winter use. They’ll prevent some of the warmth in your home from escaping. You can even put up temporary curtains (or even rugs sheets, etc.) over doors to the outside, even if just at night while you’re sleeping on your best mattress.
Close Your Doors
Keep your rooms toasty by closing your doors. If you spend a lot of time in certain rooms, you can close doors and create a little sauna, it works great. Simply leave the door closed at night, let the heat run like normal, and since there aren’t as many gaps for heat to escape, it’s nice and warm in the morning. If you have big, open spaces, you can use room dividers; it may not seem like much, but any blockage that keeps air from escaping just a little slower will help keep things warmer.
Hot air rises, so good ceiling insulation keeps your home warm in winter and cooler in summer. It can also help you save on energy bill. It’s generally the easiest, cheapest and most effective insulation to install.
Move Furniture From Vents
You may have unknowingly placed furniture in front of heating vents when you moved in or rearranged. Go around the house and double check that vents aren’t blocked, and if they are, find a way to move your furniture, at least for the winter. This will make sure every room is getting its max heat potential. Blocking return vents in a forced-air central heating system could also cause air pressure issues, which further disrupts the flow of heat.
Use The Oven
Baking things will keep your house warmer, especially in rooms nearest the kitchen. Don’t be afraid to roast a chicken or bake a ton of casseroles when the temperatures drop!
Let sunlight in during the day. Once the sun is up, you want to capture as much of that free heat as possible. Even on cold days, the sun is still warm. So before you leave the house for the day, open up those curtains and let the light shine in. If there are certain parts of the house that don’t get sunlight, no need to open those curtains. Just do so where it streams in for a good part of the day.