Waiting for the heating contractors to come when your furnace is broken is rarely fun, especially when it’s cold outside. Following these tips to stay warm can help the time pass more quickly.
If you didn’t weatherize your home when the cold weather began, now is the time. If you don’t have weather stripping and caulk to seal your home, some temporary weatherizing measures will help keep in the warm air. Roll up towels and place them in the cracks around doors and windows. Fill smaller cracks with rolled-up paper towels. Keep cold parts of the house closed off from the warmer rooms.
Do Some Baking
Baking is an activity that can easily warm up the kitchen, and possibly the adjoining rooms. For best results, bake a multi-step dish like lasagna or casserole. Dishes that require you to boil water for noodles work well. Alternatively, you can also bake several batches of cookies.
Wash and Dry Your Clothes
Running the washer and dryer on hot cycles can put warmth and humidity into the air around your laundry room. Wash several loads of laundry to warm up the portion of your house where your laundry room is located.
Minimize Entry and Exit to Your Home
Whenever your front doors open, cold air will escape into your home. Minimizing the number of times the front door opens and closes can help keep the warm air inside. If possible, direct members of your household to use a doorway into your home that opens into an enclosed shelter, like a patio or a garage. This will reduce the chances that a strong wind will blow into your house.
Use the Curtains
Curtains provide an extra layer of insulation for energy-inefficient windows. Keep the curtains closed on windows that feel cold to the touch. This will help prevent drafts and cold air from entering your home through the windows.
Turn on the Lights
Your home’s incandescent lights emit heat. Turning on the lights in your home will help keep you warm, and will also brighten your house if the curtains are closed.
Burning candles is another way to warm up your home, provided that you are able to monitor their usage. Candles can be dangerous if used improperly. Use candles on candle holders only, and keep candles away from curtains, papers and other flammable items.
For more tips on how to minimize heat loss in your home, contact a reputable heating repair person at a company like Erickson Plumbing & Heating in your area.