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