Winter storms can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, ice, snow, high winds, or a combination of all of these conditions. With the cold weather set to continue in may regions, it’s important to know how to keep your house warm when the temperatures drop.
Here are six simple ways to keep your house or apartment warm in winter without racking up extra bills.
1. Watch out for drafts and take precaution by covering windows or other areas with plastic and or tape.
2. Open curtains during the day to allow sunlight and close as the sun goes down to preserve temperature. If your curtains are thin, a blanket over a curtain rail can improve insulation if you don’t mind your house looking silly for a while.
3. Move any furniture blocking your heat radiators since it is blocking the heat intended for your home! The same goes for your curtains or drying clothes – keep them away from the radiator so that you can get the most out of your heat source.
4. Make sure bathroom fans/vents have baffles/draft blockers on the outside so you don't have cold air blowing back into the house.
5. If you have a chimney and are not using it, make sure its flue and draft (if it has both) are closed. Open chimneys can suck the heat right out of your home. (This is one of the biggest issues with open fireplaces – too much heat loss from the room. )
6. Your pets are mobile heaters and I cuddle with them even when is not that cold! Keep blankets and lap rugs handy and use them. When we sit, our circulation slows down. Keeping a throw blanket over your lap while you're knitting or watching TV can improve your and your pet's comfort levels without turning up the thermostat.
Do you have an inexpensive tip for keeping warm this Winter? Leave a comment and share your thoughts with us!
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