It seems as though the snow storm that blew in this week is ravishing homes up and down the east coast, as if to officially state, "Winter is no longer coming, it has arrived." Children are reveling in the day off from school and playing in the snow, but is your home warm enough to take the chill away once they come in for some hot chocolate? Here are a few quick ways to arm your home against the howling wind, freezing rain and snowfall!
1. Draught Excluders: One of the biggest culprits of less than cozy homes is the draft that escapes inside at the bottom of doors. Luckily, this is easily remedied with a Daught Excluder, which can be bought or made in a matter of minutes!
2. Area Rugs: During cooler months, heat can migrate through uninsulated floors. To combat this, throw a large area rug down to entrap the heat, so it does not seep below your floorboards.
3. Sunlight: The sun can be a great ally when battling a cold house. Keeping the curtains and blinds of your windows open on the south-facing and west-facing sides of your home allows the sun's natural light to heat the rooms during the day. Because the sun is lower during the winter, it is at a better angle to stream warming light into your home.
4. Left Over Oven Heat: After using the stove to whip up a warm meal, preferably of some of these cold day comfort foods, leave the oven door open to let the excess heat spill into your kitchen and warm the house. Make sure you have turned off the oven, though!
5. Find the Draughts: Once you have made or bought your draught excluders, find the extra draughts in your home by lighting a candle and moving it carefully around doors and windows. When it flickers, you'll know just where to place those draught excluders!
6. The Fireplace: There's nothing quite like cozying up next to a fireplace on a cold winter's day. But make sure your fire place is working for you by lining the back of it with aluminum foil. This will cause the heat to radiate outwards into the room rather than up and out of the chimney.