How to Stay Warm at Home in winter without a Heating System
When the temperatures outside are below freezing and you don’t have an adequate heating system indoors, it can make for a really long winter. And while investing in an HVAC system is worth every cent, if you’re on a tight budget this year, there are some things that you can still do to keep warm.
If you’re interested in knowing some surefire ways to keep the rooms in your house feeling cozy despite how chilly it may be outdoors, please keep reading:
Do some insulating. In order to prevent outside air from creeping indoors, it’s important that you make sure your home is well-insulated. Check your attic to make sure that the insulation up there is 12″ thick. Cover your pipes (especially the ones in the kitchen, bathroom and basement) with fiberglass or foam insulation. And don’t forget to also insulate your windows, especially if they are not double or triple-pane ones. You can do this without spending a lot of money by either putting a clear shower curtain in between your window and your window treatments. Or, you can even tape bubble wrap to your window panes. As far as window treatments, go to a store like Target or Walmart to pick up some thermal curtains. They are specifically designed to help keep warm air inside of your house.
Add some area rugs. Speaking of insulation, if your house has carpet on its floors, then you’re already a step ahead when it comes to making the rooms in your house warmer. But if you happen to have tile, concrete or hardwood instead, something else that you can do is put down some area rugs. They help keep your floors warmer and your feet warmer too.
Use incandescent lights. Initially, you might be surprised to hear that using certain light bulbs can actually make your house warmer, but it’s true. There is plenty of data to support the fact that incandescent light bulbs will not only reduce energy costs, but being that they emit more heat than light, they can also help to make the rooms in your house feel more comfortable as well.
Change your bedding. If your bed is missing some flannel sheets or a down comforter, no wonder you’re freezing! The good news is that you can find these two things for a fairly inexpensive price at any store that sells bedding. The even better news is that if you add a couple of blankets to them, you will be nice and toasty all winter long.
Buy some space heaters. Say that you’re reading this article because you recently found out that your HVAC unit is on the fritz. Or, it’s not working well because you need to add some things to it like a ductless heat pump or an AC thermal expansion valve and it’s simply not in the budget right now. Something that can tide you over for a season are space heaters. In fact, one of the benefits of using them is that you can put the heaters in the rooms that you are actually occupying, which can actually save you money on energy costs. For a list of energy efficient space heaters, visit Treehugger.com or ConsumerReports.org and put “electric space heaters” in the search field.