10 Ways to Keep your House Warm Without a Heater

Block the Wind

Blocking wind is the first step to getting warm. This means making sure your doors and windows are sealed to prevent air leaks. Check for air leaks around any door, and seal any window cracks.

Curtains

Curtains aren’t just for decoration. They actually have a purpose. Hang curtains over every window in your home to block any drafts. A two-curtain setup is best, with a liner to block the draft while allowing sunlight to warm the house, and a blackout-solar curtain to block out the elements and sound.

Candles

It’s a good idea to have a lot of candles in your home. Not only do they provide light and heat, candles add ambience to your home with a variety of shapes, colors, and aromas. Only be mindful of where they are placed and do not leave them unattended. A candle doesn’t create as much heat as a fireplace or real heater, but will create warmth very cheaply.

Sunlight

Let as much sun hit your house as possible. Check for obstructions (e.g. plants, sheds) that might keep the sun’s rays from reaching your house. Remove items leaning against walls on the sunny side of your house. (Ideally, put them back again at night for additional insulation).

 
Close off any unused rooms
 
The closed door makes that room another barrier between you and the frigid outdoors. It also stops air from circulating as much, which reduces heat loss.
 
Carpet your Floor
 
Put down a rug or carpet. Rugs and carpets help prevent heat loss through the floor. They are generally warmer to the touch than wood or stone, and so offer a warmer surface to walk on.
 
Get Back the Old non-power saver bulbs(incandescent)
 

Turn on some incandescent lights. The average incandescent light bulb releases up to 95% of its energy as heat rather than light, making it an extremely efficient heat source.Compact Fluorescent and LED lights are not helpful in warming your room, so save them for warmer days.

 
Drink warm beverages
 
Warm beverages will raise your core temperature. The process can be very relaxing and even stimulating. Make a cup of tea or coffee. Sip on some warm porridge.
 
Dress warmly
 
A lot of people say you release most of your body’s heat from your head but despite common belief, you release heat equally throughout your body. Either way, a hat is a good friend at a time like this. A pull-neck (turtleneck) sweater can also work wonders. Dress in layers, especially with wool or cotton clothing. Wear warm socks. When you are sitting still, wrap a thick pure wool blanket around you.
 
Exercise
 

20 minutes of vigorous exercise can warm you up and keep you warm well after the exercise session. Plus, a healthy body is generally more tolerant of the cold.Be active. Moving around produces body heat! The more active you are, the better your blood circulation will be. This means that warm blood gets to your fingers and toes, keeping them warm.

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