How to keep a house warmer in winter. Easy solutions that still allows natural light to shine through.
Once you start paying the heating bill you realize how putting on a few layers for warmth is just fine. Until you have to get out of bed at 5:00am for work, in your pajamas. Since no one is comfortable wearing flannel pajamas that twist around your legs at night, layering up at night is a little harder.
So you rush to get dressed as fast as you can to escape the cold, but enough is enough! Your spouse chimes in with a ‘how about a space heater in the bathroom?’ and all you can think about is how much worse it would be to run outside, in your lack of pajamas, because of a fire.
No thank you! I’ll find another way!
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It doesn’t matter what temperature we have our heat set to, we still have a few rooms that stay a bit more chilly than the rest.
- The master bathroom
- The girls bedroom at the end of the hall
- The spare room
These rooms are furthest away from the main living space and never get to a comfortable temperature after the sun goes down.
Since my husband is the one up at 5:00am, and changing in the bathroom for work, I don’t exactly get to complain about a space heater. I know they have come a long way but it still worries me.
So if I’m to avoid the inevitable space heater, I need to figure out a way to keep our master bathroom a heck of a lot warmer.
Be sure to seek professional advise. This is our own personal experience.
HOW TO KEEP A HOUSE WARMER IN WINTER
Here are a few things we do to keep our house warmer in winter
- Use Insulated heavy curtains. Open during the day and close at sunset. – This works incredibly well and even though we have blinds that we close, the heavy curtains give an added layer of protection that is noticeable.
- Large ½ inch sized bubble wrap for the windows.
- Extra rugs- In front of entry ways. Down long hallways.
- Keep the oven door open a crack after baking.
- Close doors to unused rooms.
- Reverse the ceiling fans so they are blowing up, moving the warm air trapped at the ceiling (switch on the side of the fan).
- Make sure there are no drafts coming in around your windows, and if so, use caulking or pool noodles.
- Use a door snake or make your own with fabric, rice/beans.
- Make sure your furniture isn’t covering any vents or baseboards.
- Garage door insulation– For anyone that has a living space above your garage you might want to look into garage door insulation. Since we at one time used our garage as a man cave, we added insulation and noticed a difference immediately.
Growing up in New England, it was common to wrap your windows in clear plastic wrap. But that would not work for these giant bathroom windows. Nor was I about to block all that beautiful natural light with a thick heavy curtain!
So our wants
- No hair dryer plastic
- Let in the natural light
- No fire hazards
BUBBLE WRAP WINDOWS
I decided to look at bubble wrap on Amazon and to my surprise a lot of people use bubble wrap to insulate their windows in winter!
- Large bubble, bubble wrap 1/2 inch
- damp cloth
Measure approximately how much bubble wrap you’ll need and order the appropriate amount plus a tad extra.
Cut the bubble wrap to size.
Take a damp cloth and wipe down the window.
Apply the bubble side to the window while it is still wet.
Repeat for all desired windows.
Since the block glass we are covering is not smooth, we also secured it with packing tape on the tops of each section.
It’s been about a month since we put up the bubble wrap in the master bath, spare and kids rooms and we immediately noticed a difference. Although those rooms are still a bit more chilly, it has made a huge difference in the comfort level in the mornings and throughout the day.
The battle of the space heater is over and everyone is much warmer thanks to large bubble, bubble wrap. Who would have guessed?
Although we can’t see clearly out of these bubble wrap windows, it does allow the natural light to shine though. And since we are only doing specific areas, it’s really no big deal.
CAN YOU SAVE THE BUBBLE WRAP FOR NEXT YEAR?
We will! And I’ll be sure to let you know how it holds up.
*Update- We’ve been reusing the same bubble wrap on our windows for a couple of winters now and it’s still holding up great! Note- We keep the bubble wrap on our bathroom block glass windows all year long. I figured since it did such a great job in the winter, that it couldn’t hurt trying the keep the AC in in the summer.
For us this wasn’t exactly about saving on the heating bill (even though we do try), but more about how to keep the heat we already have from escaping.
I hope these ideas help you stay warmer with winter season.
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