You know the basics of keeping your home toasty warm in the winter—schedule your annual furnace tuneup, bleed the radiators, pull the electric heaters out of storage, etc. But there might be some other small tweaks you can make to your home to keep it even warmer (and more energy efficient) during the cold months. Check out these tips to see if any are new to you.
- Apply window film. If you live in an old home with drafty windows, this clear shrink-wrap film will provide better insulation.
- Add rugs to tile and hardwood floors. The additional layer of insulation will keep the room warmer, and a cozy rug will feel great on your chilly toes.
- Place aluminum foil behind any radiator that’s attached to an external wall to prevent heat loss and reflect that heat back into the room.
- Tuck a hot water bottle under the covers at the foot of your bed so your feet will be toasty and warm when it’s time to hit the hay.
- Pull back the curtains or open the blinds to allow the natural warmth of the sunlight to heat your home. You’ll also benefit from the dose of vitamin D!
- Take advantage of oven heat once you’re done cooking. After you turn the oven off, leave the oven door cracked open to allow the warmth to heat your kitchen—but ONLY if you can ensure that all people and pets will steer clear while the door is open.
- When possible, leave the bathroom door open while you take a hot shower. The steamy air will flow through your home to add warmth (and some much-needed humidity).
- Set your ceiling fans to rotate clockwise. This will circulate warm air downward.
- Buy some door draft stoppers (or DIY your own).
- Identify all possible sources for “mini drafts”—doggy doors, mail slots, old windows, etc.—and temporarily block them with wool blankets, bubble wrap, or old towels on those extra-chilly days.
- Use clear nail polish to temporarily seal a cracked window pane (but be sure to replace the glass ASAP).
- Make sure your radiators and air vents aren’t blocked by furniture or rugs.
I hope these tips help you stay extra warm this winter!