How to keep a house warmer in winter. Easy tips and solutions. Plus one way to keep the heat in and allow natural light to shine through.
Once you start paying the heating bill you realize that putting on a few layers for added warmth, is just fine. Until you have to crawl out of bed at 5:00am for work.
Sou rush to get dressed as fast as you can to escape the cold, but enough is enough!
There has to be a better way to save on the utility bill. One that doesn’t include closing the heavy curtains all day every day.
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Table of contents
- 9 Ways to keep a house warmer in winter
- Bubble wrap for windows
- Bubble wrap materials list
- How to bubble wrap windows
HOW TO KEEP A 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.
- Close doors to unused rooms.
- Reverse the ceiling fans according to the seasons by using the button along the side. Blowing up during the winter to circulate the warm air that rises, and down during the summer.
- Make sure there are no drafts coming in around your windows, if so, use caulking to close the gaps.
- Use a door snake around each entrance to eliminate a draft from under the doorframe.
- 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 at one time used our garage as a man cave, we added garage door insulation and noticed a difference in the comfort level inside the garage.
BUBBLE WRAP WINDOWS
We decided to add bubble wrap to our bathroom windows to allow natural light to shine through while keeping them air tight. It was the perfect solution in our situation and we even added the bubble wrap to both of our girls bedroom windows since their rooms were always chilly.
- Large bubble, bubble wrap 1/2 inch
- damp cloth
How to apply bubble wrap to windows
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.
We’ve been using the bubble wrap method for a few years now and we immediately noticed a difference. Although some rooms are still a little more chilly than others, it has made a huge difference in the comfort level in the mornings and throughout the day.
Although we can’t see clearly out of the bubble wrap windows, it does allow the natural light to shine though. And since we are only doing specific rooms, it’s really not a big deal.
CAN YOU SAVE THE BUBBLE WRAP FOR NEXT YEAR?
Yes! We’ve been reusing the same bubble wrap on our windows for several winters now and it’s still holding up great!
I hope these ideas help you stay a bit warmer this winter season.
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