Nipping At Your Nose? Tips For Keeping Warm On The Cheap

Posted on: 29 November 2016

Wintertime is creeping up on you again, and with colder weather means more of a need for heat in the house. But if you don't have central heating, or if you have a very small budget with which to work to heat your house up, you may be dreading the nights of frozen toes and noses that you see before you. It doesn't have to be this way, however – there are lots of ways of staying warm this winter without having to wrap yourself in a blanket (or two, or three) 24/7 until March or April. So if you're looking for a few ways not to freeze your butt off while still staying below budget, then here's what you need to know.

(Hat and) Sock it to You

Your mother always told you to put on socks and a hat when you were cold – and it turns out (like always) that she was right. Your feet and head have a relatively large surface area, are at the ends of your body, and have very little muscle (which tends to produce heat), so they tend to get colder more quickly than the rest of your body. Add to this the fact that you tend to lose the most heat from your body first from your head and then your feet, it's easy to see why putting on a pair of fuzzy socks or a soft beanie will keep you much warmer than you would be otherwise.

Make that Fire Work

Whether your home is a century old or built in the 2010s, it's very probable that you have a fireplace somewhere on your main floor. Take advantage of that and use it for both light and heat (which can bring down not just your heat but also your electric bill) while you're occupying that room. While you'll need to clean it up a bit if you haven't used your fireplace in a while, use seasoned firewood rather than newly chopped firewood (as seasoned firewood creates less smoke and is more efficient), and open your damper (the handle is generally above your fireplace, and opens when you slide it to the right) as widely as possible to increase the amount of heat that the fire itself produces.

Insulate Doorways

Even if you keep your doors closed against the cold outside world (or the cold room next door), the opening at the bottom allows hot air to flow out and cold air to come in – which is the exact opposite of what you want to happen. To stop the cold breeze from freezing you out, try investing in a door slide for each of your doors. These pieces of dark rubber block off the opening at the bottom of your doors and prevent the air from wafting in and out so easily – which is good news if you're looking to stay warm.

For more information or assistance with home heating, contact companies like Kohl Heating & Air Conditioning.