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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- Maintain Furnace – Have your furnace serviced and filters cleaned/replaced this will help it preform at top shape.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!