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3 Ways to Keep Your Home Warm Without a Heater
Increasing the thermostat can surely make your evenings cozier, but you might end up regretting that decision once the electricity bill comes in. Here are other ways to enjoy a comfy home without hurting your budget:
Choose your curtain fabric wisely
Not all curtain fabrics are suitable for preventing cold air from entering your interior spaces. For example, lightweight materials, such as linen, lace and sheer cotton, are loosely woven and allow chilly air to penetrate your rooms. Choose thick curtains in heavyweight, tightly woven textiles — velvet, tapestry, tweed, denim, suede — to provide a dense barrier against chilly outdoor air. Medium-weight fabrics, such as cotton blends and canvas, offer limited protection for your windows against wintry air. Source:HomeGuides.SFGate
Have your ceiling fan spin clockwise
A ceiling fan is great for circulating air during the summer, making you feel cooler. Warm air hovers near the ceiling. Fan blades force the air down, where it pushes against lower, cooler air. When this air starts moving, the room temperature seems to drop.
Reverse the direction of the ceiling fan creates the opposite effect. During winter, spin the fan clockwise. The rotating blades pull cooler air up, so higher, warmer air flows down into the room. As in summer, the temperature of the room doesn’t actually change. Redistribution of the air just makes the space feel better… so save energy and don’t run a room fan if you’re not there. Source: TheGoodTrade
Keep drafts from entering
Light a match and the rising hot air will draw nearby cooler air into the match flame. Heat a building, and the rising hot air will pull cold air from outside into the house. It’s a physical principle called “stack effect.” To defeat it, cut down on spaces cold air can enter your house, like under a door to the outside. Seal this gap with a “door snake,” a long thin cloth sack, like a bean bag. Fill it with dried peas or rice, something to make it heavy enough to stay in place. You can sew one using scrap fabrics.
You can also keep the heat where it’s needed by making sure some interior doors, such as those leading to hallways or near stairways, are kept shut. This closes off natural air passageways so they can’t act as chimneys, allowing warm air to escape up through the house. Source: ThisOldHouse
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