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Keep Your Home Warm This Winter Without Raising the Thermostat
Let’s just cut to the chase — it’s cold and we want our homes to be warmer, but we don’t want to touch the thermostat. We all know the standard practices of making sure our windows are sealed and lighting a fire, but there are a few tricks you might be missing.
- Close off unused rooms.
Keeping the doors closed to rooms and closets that you’re not using will help contain the heat you have in the areas where you want it. Close the heat vents in those rooms too, this will redirect the heat to the rooms where you need it.
- Set your ceiling fans to rotate clockwise.
You may not know it but your ceiling fan needs to be changed seasonally. Most fans have a simple switch near the motor that changes the direction that the blades spin. By setting your fan to spin clockwise in the winter at a lower speed, you push the warm air that rises to the ceiling back down towards you.
- Change your sheets.
Cotton sheets are great for warmer weather, keeping you nice and cool, but you’ll want something warmer when the cold weather hits. Change out your cotton sheets for flannel or jersey knit, grab a down comforter or add a heated blanket to the top of your bed for extra warmth.
- Open curtains
Open your curtains during the day and let the sunlight in to naturally warm your house. Be sure to close them at night, they will help to prevent any drafts you may have coming in from your windows.
- Shower with the door open
Leaving the door open while you take shower lets the warm, steamy air out into the rest of your house.
- When you’ve finished cooking or baking, leave the oven door open.
Once you’re done using the oven, turn it off and leave the door open. All that wonderfully warm air will heat your kitchen in a jiffy.
- Keep cold air from seeping under the door with a draft stopper.
Fill the gap between your door and the floor with an insulating draft stopper to prevent the cold air from coming in. You can make your own by filling socks with dry beans (for weight) and polyester fiberfill from an old pillow (for insulation). Fill a few socks and sew them together to make one long draft stopper the length of your door.
- Keep doors closed.
If you spend your evenings in just one or two rooms of the house, keep those doors closed to contain the heat within the room.
- Weather-strip doors.
Unsealed doors not only allow cold air to get in, they also allow the heat to escape. Add weather-stripping around your doors to prevent this from happening and cut down on drafts.
- Caulk windows.
Similar to doors, your windows can also allow cold drafts in and warm air out, making it harder to keep your house warm. Caulk your windows to make sure unwanted cold air stays out.