How to Keep your House Warm

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We’ve had some crazy weather lately and living in New Jersey it can be pretty cold. In an effort to conserve heat and money I’ve taken a few measures to prep the house for winter.

  1. Curtains – I made curtains for our living room with a thermal / black out lining. The lining is thick to keep out the chill from the window and door. You can find this lining at your local fabric store. I got mine at Joann Fabrics for a reasonable price. It also keeps the room cool in the summer.
  2. Let the Sunshine In – When the sun is shining bright, open the curtains and draw the blinds to allow the sunlight in. This is a free way to heat up your home. Sunlight also makes you happy! Just be sure to close them again as the sun sets to keep out the chill.
  3. Insulate Windows with Plastic – If you have older windows, they maybe leaking cold air. A window insulator kit like this one from 3M will block that cold air from entering your home. All you need is the kit and a hair dryer. If you do it correctly, you won’t see the plastic but you’ll notice the difference in temperature!
  4. Weatherstrip Doors – Foam weatherstripping is easy to find and apply. Using it on doors will keep out the cold air in the winter and warm air in the summer. It’s a win / win.
  5. Maintain Furnace – Have your furnace serviced and filters cleaned/replaced this will help it preform at top shape.
  6. Close off  Unused Rooms – Seal up unused rooms, close the vents and shut the door. Don’t heat a room you are not using. Additionally keep in mind that heat rises! Use the vents on your lower levels and close those in the upper rooms.
  7. Wear Layers – This doesn’t keep your house warm but it does keep your body warm. Layering up allows you to keep the thermostat at a lower temperature and saves you money. Get creative and put together fun colors. Also, wear slippers or socks and shoes to keep your feet warm.
  8. Fire Up the Oven – There is something special about baking muffins as the snow falls. It’s a yummy way to wake up but the heat of the oven also warms your home. I love to bake in the winter. When you’re done, be sure to leave the door open a bit to allow the heat to escape and enter the house.

What are your tips for winterizing your home? I hope you stay cozy inside!


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