Skip To Content
    Updated on May 6, 2019. Posted on Jan 10, 2018

    10 Practical Tips For Staying Warm In Your Home And 9 That Are Just Plain Smart

    It's a chilly one out there.

    Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

    1. Let the sun in during the day, but close your curtains when the sun goes down.

    amazon.com

    They'll be an added layer of insulation against the dropping temperatures outside.

    Get blackout curtains from Amazon for $17.95.

    2. And add an insulated liner if it's really bitter out there.

    Wayfair, anrdoezrs.net

    Get this curtain liner from Wayfair for $28.99.

    3. Or use magnetic tape and paint to hang vinyl sheets on your window for insulation that won't block out the sun.

    everydaycraftygoodness.wordpress.com

    Just paint your window sill with magnetic paint or primer and line a vinyl sheet with magnetic tape. You'll have insulation that you can quickly put up every winter and take down when it warms up. See it here.

    Get the clear vinyl sheet from Amazon for $7.97, the magnetic tape for $5.91, and the magnetic primer for $34.20+.

    4. Run your ceiling fan clockwise on a low speed to pull the room air up and push the warm air down.

    mom4real.com

    See it here.

    5. Cook your meals in the oven as often as possible.

    Johnny Miller / marthastewart.com

    Get the recipe for baked tomatoes, squash and potatoes here and see more one-tray oven dinners here.

    6. And leave the oven door open when you're done.

    Goodlifestudio / Getty Images

    Let the kitchen warm up while the oven cools down. (Turn your oven completely off, first, obvs.)

    7. Eat something spicy, like this homemade ramen with tofu.

    pinchofyum.com

    Get the recipe here.

    8. Move your bed away from the window if you have the space for a little ~feng-shui~.

    @fraulein_pusteblume / instagram.com

    It's going to be colder closer to the window no matter what. Plus, it's nice to rearrange every once in a while.

    9. Stick a hot water bottle underneath your blankets to make it extra toasty when you climb into bed.

    amazon.com

    Added bonus: it's great for cramps, so you can technically use it year-round.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    10. Layer rugs to prevent heat loss through the floor and to keep your bare feet warm.

    11. And choose a dark color so that the rug soaks up heat from the sun during the day.

    amazon.com

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+.

    12. Turn on a humidifier to make the air feel warmer — and to protect your skin and sinuses from the dry heat.

    amazon.com

    Though it won't change the actual temperature of a room, humidity can actually make it feel a few degrees warmer. Learn more here.

    Get this one from Amazon for $34.99+, available in different finishes.

    13. Install a return air pathway register if one room is waaaay hotter than the others.

    anrdoezrs.net

    Get it from Home Depot for $67.93.

    14. Close a dollar bill in your front door and try to tug it out to test for drafts.

    Emily Shwake / BuzzFeed, montpelierrestoration.wordpress.com / Via bobvila.com

    If you can pull it out easily (like I could here), it's time to reseal your doors. Learn more here.

    15. Make a removable door draft stopper with two pool noodles, fabric, and velcro command strips.

    youtube.com

    See it here.

    16. Or buy one from Amazon if you're looking for something more permanent.

    amazon.com

    Get it from Amazon for $27.09.

    17. Line your windows with rope caulk or caulking cord to better insulate your home.

    youtube.com

    See it here. Get caulking cord from Amazon for $10.50.

    18. Light an incense stick and hold it near light switches, electrical sockets, and wiring holes to check for air leaks that may be less obvious.

    Courtesy of familyhandyman.com, amazon.com

    If the smoke drifts into the source, you're going to want to invest in some socket seals or weatherstrips. See it here.

    Get a 24-pack of outlet and switch seals from Amazon for $15.99 and 39 feet of weatherstrips from Home Depot for $4.88.

    19. And if all else fails, snuggle up with your coziest blankets and your best pal.

    Want awesome DIY tips in your inbox three times a week? Sign up for the BuzzFeed DIY newsletter!

    Newsletter signup form