Growing up in Maine, I’ve had (more than) my fair share of experience with cold weather. Fifty below weather was not unheard of, and below zero temps were actually common. Heating costs were high and winter was long so everyone looked for how to stay warm efficiently and inexpensively.
Some of these tips are tried and true suggestions and some of them may be a little new to you. Hopefully some of them will help you stay toasty when you’re considering how to stay warm this winter and spring.
Change the direction of your ceiling fan. This is one of the first things I remember my Dad teaching me when I was a kid. In colder months, your ceiling fan should run clockwise which will help push the warm air back down into the room.
Bake up a storm. Everyone loves a nice comforting casserole or other hot, baked dish on a cold day. Or maybe tearing off a piece of steamy warm bread and slathering it with butter. Not only will you warm your family from the inside out, the heat from your oven can help warm your home, too, especially if you leave the door open after you’re done baking (be mindful of the door open part if you have small children or pets).
Banish door drafts. You’ve probably heard this tip before, and that’s because it’s a super easy and inexpensive way to cut down on heating costs. You don’t need to buy one of those special door draft things. Just roll up an old towel and lay them in front of your exterior doors. For windows, maybe try this DIY draft stopper (it looks easy to make and I like that it uses up all those extra plastic bags we all have around).
Change out your curtains. You swap sandals for boots and bathing suits for hats and gloves. You temporarily swap out everyday tires for winter ones. Carry that same mindset into your house and consider replacing light, sheer or wispy curtains for heavier drapes that can block out cold and help seal in heat. Just don’t forget to open them on sunny days for the extra heat.
Cover floors and feet. I always hated to get out of bed in the morning because I knew when I got downstairs the kitchen floors would be freezing. Socks can help but can’t fully cut out the chill, so wherever possible cover bare floors with a throw rug, too.
Heat just what you need to. Why heat the whole house if you’re only using a few rooms? Set the thermostat lower and keep unused rooms just warm enough and then heat the space you’re in with a space heater. A space heater also is great to heat the air under your desk as warm feet will make you feel warmer overall.
We always had a small space heater growing up, and recently we were sent the Infrared Cabinet Large Room Heater from Rosewill. It has made a huge difference in keeping not only the living room but the whole house warmer. It even has an ECO mode for energy saving high efficiency. And I love having a remote control to make any adjustments even from across the room.
Any of these small actions will make a difference in keeping you warm and if you do all of them, you’re likely to notice a big difference in how warm your house is and the cost of keeping it that way.