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.
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.
Warm 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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