Heating & Cooling
15 Unexpected Ways to Keep Your House Warm This Winter
As the temperature starts to take a dip, there are some simple things you can do to cut back on heating bills. Beyond replacing old windows and increasing insulation, here are 15 unexpected ways you can keep your house warm this winter.
Check the Radiators
If you have furniture blocking the radiators, you’re blocking heat from getting into the room. Move the couch away from the radiator and the room should warm up faster. Hide an ugly radiator with these 12 clever cover ideas.
Rugs not only work to style a room, they keep heat from escaping through the floorboards. They also do a good job of keeping your feet toasty if you have tile or hardwood flooring. Consider these 16 ways to warm up a cold room.
If you have a radiator attached to an external wall, use some aluminum foil behind the radiator. The reflective nature of the foil will prevent heat from disappearing through the wall and instead will reflect it back into the room. Here are 10 ways to heat your home during an emergency.
Try a Fireplace Plug
You can lose up to 20 percent of your home’s warm air through leaks in a loose fireplace damper. A fireplace plug can help you seal the flue to keep that warm air in. Fireplace plugs come in different sizes so be sure you know what size you need before purchasing. Is it time to clean your chimney? This is the ultimate cleaning guide.
Grab a Hot Water Bottle
Tired of getting in a cold bed at night? Fill a hot water bottle (with hot water, f course!) and place it at the foot of your bed, underneath the blanket. It will help keep your feet warm. Freshen your linens without chemicals.
Let the Sun Shine
During sunny days, open the curtains and let some sunlight in. The rays will help warm you up even on the coldest days. Here are eight quick DIY furnace fixes.
Close the Curtains
If you open the curtains to let the sun shine in during the day, close those curtains at night. This will help you trap the heat inside your home. Discover how you can get some insulation from your curtains.
Leave the Oven Door Open
When you’re done baking and turn the oven off, leave the oven door open. The heat will flow into the kitchen and help warm up the room. Of course, don’t ever do this if you have children, pets or elderly house guests, unless you can securely close off the kitchen. Learn how to clean your oven without harsh chemicals.
Try Plastic Wrap with Air Pockets
This plastic wrap is more than just a packing material. Place a sheet on windows you don’t need to see out of to help keep some of that warm air in and cut down on your energy bills. Slash heating bills with these easy tips.
Use Shower Steam
If possible, leave the door open when you shower. This allows all that hot steam to travel through the house. It can also help cut down on dry winter air. Try these 12 ideas for combating winter dryness.
Reverse Ceiling Fans
If you have ceiling fans, reverse the motion so they are moving clockwise. This will help push cold air upward and mix it with rising heat to make the room a bit warmer. Learn how to fix a wobbly ceiling fan.
Try a Terra Cotta Heater
Make a terra cotta heater. Just place a terra cotta flower pot upside-down over candles. You’ll need to prop the pot up a little with a couple small rocks or something similar so air can get underneath. Keep the heater out of the reach of children and pets and never leave candles unattended. Consider these 50 super simple ways to save on energy costs.
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Cut Down on Mini Drafts
You can lose a lot of warm air through mail slots and doggy doors. When possible, keep these areas covered. You can use a wool blanket to plug an animal door or even an old towel to close up a mail slot when the temperature really drops. Here are 42 home security nightmares lurking around your home.
Boil a Pot of Water
Whether you use a tea kettle or an open pot, boiling water will help warm up your kitchen. And, when you’ve got that piping hot water, make your favorite tea and warm yourself from the inside. Here is another surprising way to use boiling water!
Try a Shelf
If you have adequate open wall space, place a floating shelf above a radiator to help stop the hot air from rising upward too quickly. Just be careful not to put anything on the shelf that could be damaged by the heat. Build a floating shelf with these DIY plans.
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