Tips to keep your house warm in cold weather

Posted on Jan 7 2014 - 8:43am by Robyn
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What are you doing to keep your house warm? Around here it is crazypants cold! Wanna know how cold that is?  Right now it is -3 with a windchill of -OMG. Like I said, it is crazypants cold.

 

The weather men are talking about the Polar Vortex and what it is and how long it is going to stay and all I can think about is keeping my house warm.  Here are some of the things we have done:

 

Insulation – make sure your home is insulated well.  The U.S. Department of Energy has a great guide to use to determine what sort of insulation your home uses and what sort you need.  We have:

  • Loose fill: This adaptable type of  insulation can conform to any space without disturbing any structures or  finishes.
  • Sprayed or foamed-in-place: This type allows you to fill even the smallest cavities.

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Check your air leaks! We had (and still have) some. Air leaks let your lovely warm air out of your house and increase your energy bill. The Department of Energy has a guide to help you find and seal your leaks.

 

 

Close off any unused room or areas of your home. If you have a large home and never use the guest bedroom this is not the time to be heating it! Seal the vent, close the door, seal around the door and open it in the Spring.  Closing off unused rooms will help keep the rest of your house warmer.

Replace the filters in your heating system. Dirty filters can prevent air flow and reduce efficiency. When it is crazypants cold you need maximum air flow.

Let the sunshine in.  Open your curtains or blinds on north facing windows when the sun is shining and let it help heat your home.

Layers! We dress in layers when we go outside and even when we are indoors.  The boys wear long underwear under their clothes or pajamas. If they get too warm they take off a layer and keep playing.

Cook in your oven. Have a favorite family casserole that you don’t cook often because it heats up your home? This is the time! You get a delicious yummy dinner and your house is warmed by the heat of the oven.

hot-chocolate-clip-artWarm beverages are delicious and warm. Hot tea and hot cocoa are great ideas to help battle the cold. The warm beverage will make you feel nice and warm on the inside.

 

 

 

Cuddles! We spend a lot of time hanging out together cuddled under blankets and sharing warmth. We read, watch TV and giggle.   We get family time and stay warm together!

 

What’s your family do to stay warm? Share your tips with us!

 

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  1. Tiffany S January 7, 2014 at 9:00 am - Reply

    I really enjoyed this. It could not of came at a better time as it is FREEZING! Thanks for the tips will be showing this to my husband tonight:)

  2. Cristina @triathlonmami January 7, 2014 at 9:04 am - Reply

    We just spent two weeks in the NE and I froze. I am a Miami girl and right now we are cold here in the 50s but nothing compared to the rest of the country. This whole arctic thing is incredible to me … your post is very timely!

  3. LaDonna January 7, 2014 at 9:09 am - Reply

    There’s are perfect tips. It’s so could here right now that any additional tips are more than welcome!

  4. Dina January 7, 2014 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    we have towels at the bottom of doors going outside to keep the drafts at bay! We are also opening our cabinet doors and dripping our water so our pipes don’t freeze. We have negative temps right now and haven’t had them in 15 years. It’s so cold.

  5. Patricia Figurski January 7, 2014 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    My family…is cooking, baking a lot when it’s so super cold. It makes us feel warmer :) Also- we just discovered that special foil that we put on our windows…and I must say- it works pretty well. Stay warm everyone!

  6. diane January 7, 2014 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    Great tips! I am not liking this cold weather at all though

  7. Jessica Bailey January 7, 2014 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    Great tips! I cook stews, chili and soups when it’s cold. They cook the better part of a day and it helps to heat the house, so we get a little break in the high electric and gas bills. It’s also great because those meals typically feed our family of 7 twice and the meals are pretty cheap to make and super easy to heat up the next night.

  8. Neva January 7, 2014 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    Our windows that face the south trick the rest of the rooms to think it’s warmer than it is. So we spend most of the time making like a kitten and sitting in the sunny rooms.

  9. Katrina Moody January 7, 2014 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    Definitely eating food from the oven more often; we close off our room during the day as it has old windows while the rest of the house’s windows are new … but it’s COLD in there at night! :D Brrrr

  10. Joanna Sormunen January 7, 2014 at 11:27 pm - Reply

    It never gets cold in here. But this is good information for people in colder climats. Heating uses energy and can get quite expensive.

  11. Heather January 8, 2014 at 9:00 am - Reply

    “Right now it is -3 with a windchill of -OMG”
    Oh my gosh did that make me laugh! Living in MN we are used to cold temps, but man, this cold snap has been crazy unbelievable, hasn’t it?
    You nailed all the things that we do, although we also hang quilts on beautiful rods over our doors, ones that fall to the floor, overnight when we are not running around needing the house warm. That blocks any potential drafts.
    Blessings,
    ~Heather

  12. Lisa R January 24, 2014 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    I am actually doing it all from the list…I am so proud of me, LOL

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

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