Cheap Ways to Stay Warm
This morning when I woke it was 10 degrees here in Baltimore and it hasn't really warmed up that much, in fact, with the wind chill it is below zero. I have a small consolation though, in my home town this morning it was -42 F (or C) with the wind chill. I don't feel so home sick now!! The house I live in has old aluminum windows, which can be cold in the cold winter weather. So, I'm always looking for ways to stay warm that don't cost me a fortune.
- Replace bathroom exhaust fan switches with timers. This way they can't accidentally be left on, bleeding your hot air out. And, if you aren't worried about privacy just leave your bathroom door open while you take your shower, it will help keep your air a little moister and warmer.
- Switch the direction of your ceiling fans to blow air down rather than directing it up.
- Close doors and vents in unused rooms. This will help the vents in the rooms you do use be more efficient and direct more heat into those spaces.
- If you have radiators line the outside walls behind your radiators with tin foil or other reflective sheets to direct the heat into your house.
- If you have forced air heat make sure you aren't blocking the air flow from your vents by piles of dirty clothes, furniture or other debris.
- If you have a chimney and you aren't using it be sure the flu and draft (if you have one) are both closed so your hot air doesn't go right out the chimney.
- Consider having black out curtains on your windows. I bought a set for my bedroom at Walmart for $13 and it has made a huge difference in the temperature in my room.
- If you have large windows consider using a clear shower curtain and duct tape and install it like a window insulation kit. The plastic is thicker than what is in the insulation kit and will still allow the sunlight in during the day.
- When you finish baking leave the oven door open so the heat will filter into the room and add warmth.
- Wear loose layers of clothing, the spaces between will trap warm air and keep you warmer.
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