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.
First things first, improve your insulation. 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.
Double or triple glazing your windows 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.
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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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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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 keep the heat contained to a smaller space, and prevent cold air from circulating.
As often as the weather allows, let the sunlight in. 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.
Place a shelf above your radiator. It can help stop the hot air from rising above it and circulating uselessly near the ceiling.
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