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DIY Home Heating Tips to Keep You Warmer This Winter

DIY Home Heating Tips to Keep You Warmer This Winter

Brrr… Most of the nation is blanketed in snow right about now. The frigid air outside is enough to make you shiver. Keeping the air inside of your home warm and cozy isn’t always easy when temperatures plummet. To help you make the most out of the heat you have around you, here are a few DIY home heating tips to help you stay frostbite free.

1. Use Your Ceiling Fans

What’s that? Use ceiling fans in the winter? I don’t think so! But the truth is, ceiling fans can actually help spread heat around your house to keep you warmer.

Hot air rises and if you have high ceilings, you want to bring that warmer air closer to the ground level. To do that, turn your ceiling fan blades in the direction that causes the air to move upward. Then, turn your fan on low. You won’t feel the draft of the air flow. Instead, you’ll help spread the warmer air that’s closer to your ceiling around the room.

Contemporary Bedroom by Seattle Architects & Building Designers Stephenson Design Collective

Contemporary Bedroom by Seattle Architects & Building Designers Stephenson Design Collective

2. Open A Window

You don’t actually want to crack open your windows when it’s below freezing outside, but you do want to open the curtains around your window.

Many homeowners close their curtains to try to keep the cold air contained. If it’s sunny outside, you could be losing out on some valuable solar rays that’ll warm your house.

When it’s sunny outside, open your curtains to let in those solar rays for natural heating. When the sun goes down or behind a cloud, you can close them back up to keep the warmth in.

Traditional Bathroom by West Chester Kitchen & Bath Designers Pine Street Carpenters & The Kitchen Studio

Traditional Bathroom by West Chester Kitchen & Bath Designers Pine Street Carpenters & The Kitchen Studio

3. Use Radiant Heat

When your feet are cold, your entire body is cold. Stepping on a cold floor will send a shiver through your spine no matter how tough you are.

To help your feet stay warm and keep your house comfortable, try installing radiant heat flooring. It’s safe to use with laminate and it will make it more comfortable to walk barefoot from your bed to your bathroom, or stepping out of the shower each morning.

Contemporary Bedroom by San Francisco Furniture & Accessories Pottery Barn

Contemporary Bedroom by San Francisco Furniture & Accessories Pottery Barn

4. Get In The Zone

Zone heating is one of the easiest ways to contain warm air to the rooms where you spend the majority of your time. Simply close the vents and close the doors in the rooms where you don’t plan to be. It’ll redirect the warm air to the spaces where you are moving around to keep them warmer and more comfortable.

Traditional Kitchen by Wellesley Kitchen & Bath Designers Divine Design+Build

Traditional Kitchen by Wellesley Kitchen & Bath Designers Divine Design+Build

5. Mind The Gap

Door jams are one of the most common spots in homes where heat makes its escape and cold air makes its entrance. Before the temperatures drop, check your door jams. Make sure there is a tight seal there so that you can keep the cold air out and the warm air in.

Traditional Entry by Edina Home Builders L. Cramer Builders + Remodelers

Traditional Entry by Edina Home Builders L. Cramer Builders + Remodelers

What DIY home heating tricks have you tried? Share them in the comments below!

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About Kimberly Crossland

Kimberly Crossland is a guest writer for Bestlaminate's Blog and founder of the GetVailAz.com. She has an unnatural obsession with the power of words, which is really cool because she can speak two languages: English and Danish. Her other job titles include wife and dog-walker.

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