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It’s officially cold outside, and the last thing anyone wants is to walk into a cold house. But sometimes, you don’t really have that option. With drafty doors, windows, and poorly insulated rooms, the cold can be inevitable. So what’s a homeowner to do?
If this is a reality at your house, there are actually a few simple tricks that will turn your house from frosty to toasty. Try these few simple projects below, and warm up those rooms in no time!
Close your curtains
Looking out at a beautiful snowy landscape is blissful during the day, but at there’s no need for it at night. Especially when it’s making your house cold! Windows can be a sneaky culprit in bringing in the outside cold, so closer your curtains to save yourself some heat. If they’re thermal insulation curtains, that’s even better.
Keep items away from the radiator
Not just because it can be a fire hazard, but because those items are blocking the heat from circulating around the house. Your couch may look great near that radiator, but for the winter months, you may want to find that sofa a new home. Free anything blocking the radiator so the heat can run through your house evenly.
Draught-proof your doors
Keep the cold air out and the warm air in! All it takes is a little weather stripping along your exterior doors. Using high-quality silicone rubber weather stripping will not only seal gaps, but increases energy efficiency in your home. And it can all be done in a weekend! Already have some installed? Here’s how to repair weather stripping if you do.
Install radiator panels
Instead of having the heat from your radiators bounce off your walls, going random directions, specify an area that you would like the heat to be the most prominent. Installing radiator panels on your ceiling can easily do this. Want the area around your television to be warmer? Your desk? Radiator panels heat up to 150 degrees Fahrenheit in five minutes of being switched on, making that specific area warm in no time.
Insulate hot water pipes
With insulation sleeves around your water pipes, you can cut your wait time for reheating the water an exponential amount—and will even prevent the pipes from freezing. Plus, if you fit a cylinder jacket around your water tank, you can also reduce heat loss and save on your gas bill.
Try soapstone heaters
These will probably be your handiest tool during the cold winter months. Place the soapstone heater next to a heat source to warm up. It quickly absorbs the heat, and in return will radiate heat for hours afterward. They don’t easily overheat, which makes them great for bed warmers and satellite heating needs.
Designate a heating room
This can especially be helpful during emergencies, which yes, emergencies can happen during the winter months. Designate a well-insulated room as your warming place. Cover vents, windows, and doors with blankets to keep drafts out, and bring in other heating sources like your soapstone heater. If you plan on spending the night in this specific room, set up mattresses for sleeping if necessary.
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