How to keep a house warmer in winter. How to keep your bathroom warmer in winter and still let in natural light.
Man is it cold! Once you start paying the heating bill you realize how layering up is just fine. Until you have to get out of bed at 5:00am for work, in your… pajamas. Because everyone is completely comfortable wearing flannel pajamas that twist around your legs at night.
No… No one is. You rush to get dressed as fast as you can, 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 freezing cold.
- The master bathroom
- The girls bedroom at the end of the hall
- The spare room
The rest of the house is pretty open concept but those few rooms are freezing no matter what.
Since my husband is the one up at 5am 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.
HOW TO KEEP A HOUSE WARMER IN WINTER
There are a few things you can do to keep your house warmer in winter
- Buy heavy curtains. Open during the day and close at sunset.
- Bubble wrap the windows
- Extra rugs
- 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, using caulking
- Use a door snake or make your own with fabric, rice/beans
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 tap 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.
For us this wasn’t about how to save on the heating bill, because no matter what those rooms were still cold! It was more about keeping the heat we have and stopping it from escaping.
I hope this helps you stay warm with winter.
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