10 Ways To Make Sure Your House Stays Warm All Winter

Have you checked your chimney lately?

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When it's freezing cold outside, you need to pull out all the stops, and running your heat 24/7 isn't the most efficient (or inexpensive) answer. There are a few ways to prevent heat loss in your house, so that when you do turn your heater on for a little bit, it lasts all day. Bonus? Many of these tricks you can DIY, so you don't necessarily need to call in a pro.

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1 Improve Your Insulation
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First things first, . Warm air can escape through your roof, walls, and floors, so you need to install more, or make sure you don't have any gaps in your existing insulation.

2 Glaze Your Windows
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can cut heat loss significantly. If you don't want to take on the cost of calling in a pro, you can buy a shrink-film window kit to help insulate your windows in the winter.

Window Kit Shrink Film, $13, homedepot.com

3 Add Rugs
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Add a rug—or several. Layering rugs is super trendy right now, which is great, because they can help warm up floorboards.

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4 Draft-Proof Your Door
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Don't let cold winds get in, or warm air get out. Add a draft stopper at the base of your door throughout the winter season.

Draft Stopper, $19, amazon.com

5 Keep Windows And Doors Locked
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Sounds obvious, but needs to be said. Don't leave your windows and doors open for prolonged periods of time (or even at all). Cold air will get in, and it'll be harder to warm it up. If you're warm with the heat on, just turn it off instead of opening the window.

6 Get Some Thick Curtains
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None of those sheer, flowing panels when it's too cold to deal outside, K? The thicker the curtains, the warmer you'll be. If you can find some with a thermal lining, even better.

7 Insulate Your Chimney
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If you aren't using your fireplace, seal off your chimney with a flue-blocker or chimney balloon. It'll stop the cold air from getting in.

Flue-Blocker, $90, amazon.com

8 Close Off Unused Rooms
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If you have rooms that aren't in use regularly in your house (guest bedrooms, an office, a gym), close the doors. That'll help to a smaller space, and prevent cold air from circulating.

9 Let There Be Light
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As often as the weather allows, . If it's a bright, sunny day outside, open up your blinds and curtains. As soon as the sun sets, close your curtains to preserve the heat.

10 Add A Shelf
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Place a shelf above your radiator. It can help above it and circulating uselessly near the ceiling.

Floating Wall Shelf, $29, amazon.com

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