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Cold Snap? No Problem Use These Toasty Tips!

  • by Cassie Richardson
  • Jan 3, 2018, 11:07 AM

Try these simple tips for this crazy cold weather. They’ll keep you warm and help reduce heat loss and cost!

  • Wood burning fireplaces are beautiful, but they can quickly drain the warm air from your home. Make sure to have the flue and draft closed when the fireplace is not in use. If you do not use the fireplace at all, consider using fireplace insulation in the chimney. Just make sure to remove it when you want to build a fire.
  • Windows……..On sunny days open the shades on your windows that face south and let the sun warm up your room, just make sure to close them at night. You may also want to consider using window insulation kits on drafty windows. Kits can be found at most home improvement or discount stores. Don’t have the money for fancy kits? A sheet, blanket, or plastic tarp and some duct tape can also help with window drafts.
  •  Keep grandma’s quilt and extra blankets handy while you are reading or watching TV. Being sedentary cools down your body temperature and the blanket will keep you warm instead of turning up the thermostat.
  • Heating up a frozen pizza or making some cookies? Leave the oven door ajar when you are done so the heat escapes into the room while the oven cools down.
  • Consider utilizing rugs on wood or tile floors in the winter. Much of a home’s heat is lost through the floor!
  • Rearrange your furniture. Sofas and beds that are placed on an exterior wall or close to a window will be much colder than a sofa that is anchored in the middle of the room or on an interior wall.
  • Consider your choice of bedding. Move to flannel sheets in the winter or put your blanket on first then your sheet and comforter. The blanket is warmer next to your body versus the sheet.
  • Install a thermostat that can be programmable. Design a schedule so that the temperature lowers when you aren’t home or are asleep.

These tips may seem simple but can really help during cold snaps. Stay tuned for more helpful ideas to make your life a little easier. It’s easy to learn with CoreFirst.