Keeping your whole house warm can be a challenge on very cold or windy days. In fact, you may not need to keep every space in the house temperate at all times of the day. Adding an alternate source of heat can help.
If fuel oil or natural gas prices are very high in your area, you might consider heating with wood, corn or pellets. Be aware that all three of these heat sources generate ash and need regular maintenance. The addition of a corn or pellet stove will also need electricity to run the churning hopper. If you choose to add a space heater to a chilly area, keep your space heater away from flammable agents to help avoid any potential danger.
Adding thermal drapes to your windows can reduce heat loss, especially overnight. You can build your own thermal drapes by layering plastic, batting or fleece and muslin to fit inside the window frame. This process takes very little sewing and the drapes can easily be removed for the day. At that time, open up the window blinds to let in plenty of sunlight.
Build a Radiant Heater
To warm up a single room in an emergency, you can build a clay pot heater on a metal pan such as a cookie sheet. Place four bricks in a square on the cookie sheet, standing up tall with gaps for airflow. Put a jarred candle in the center of the bricks. Place a clay pot, upside down, on top of the bricks. Light the candle. The metal pan will protect the surface you built the heater on while the bricks and pot absorb the heat of the candle. Such a heater can provide radiant heat for the life of the candle. Keep this heater away from children and pets, and never leave a candle burning when you leave the house.
It’s a good idea to layer up on cold days. If your feet are warm, you will feel much more comfortable overall. Whenever possible, wear slippers indoors and keep socks on your feet. Cold air sinks, so you’re likely to feel a draft on your feet before you notice it elsewhere. You can also stay warmer by focusing on your pulse points. Your ankles, knees, wrists and neck can all be covered to help you stay a little warmer in a chilly room.
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