Sunday, November 23, 2014
Christmas season means cold weather. Protect your house from the chill with these easy steps.
Draw the curtains during the day. Let the sunlight stream in in all its glory. Even during the colder seasons, sunlight is still a good source of heat energy. Let the house absorb it to keep you nice and toasty.
Keep your house sealed. Keep your windows, doors, and other entry points (including small ones) closed even as you keep the curtains drawn. You want warmth to stay within your home: don't let it escape through the openings.
Get thick curtains. At night, keep the curtains closed for better insulation. Choose nice, thick curtains or thermal insulated curtains, especially if you live in colder locations.
Close off unused areas. Keep the doors to rarely visited rooms closed to keep the warmth concentrated in more commonly used parts of the house.
Cover the floor. Bare floorboards, and bare stone floors, particularly, can account for up to 10% of heat loss from the home. Insulate by lining your floor area with carpets and rugs. It’s a lot cozier to your feet, to boot.
Use the ceiling fan. This may sound counter-intuitive, but a ceiling fan on a low, slow spin will push hot air to the ground. Since it is lighter than cold air, hot air rises and can get trapped at the ceiling, keeping your light fixtures – instead of yourself – nice and warm.
Bake. Use the oven. Heat up the house and enjoy a batch of cupcakes in one stroke.