Little life update for you. Do you know what’s the WORST? When it’s winter and your primary source of heat decides to just up and quit. Le. Ugh. This is what I’ve been wearing around the house for the last little while.
Our heat pump busted a part back in November and ever since then, we’ve been trying to come up with realistic ways to keep warm and cozy in the house. We do have electric baseboard heaters in each room, but anyone who lives in our neck of the woods knows that winter heating bills can run 2X a mortgage during the average Canadian winter.
Sure, we could’ve covered all the windows in blankets and literally become hermits – but that wasn’t COZY to me.
What does cozy mean to you? I think we all have this ideal concept of cozy that includes blankets, pillows, a warm beverage and a book or Netflix. Am I right?
But cozy is more than just that.
You’ve got to start with your environment inside your house!
So here’s how we stay warm & cozy all winter long (while waiting for the heat pump part to miraculously show up from Timbuktu or wherever it is).
First things, we borrowed a couple of space heaters. One for our living room and one for my studio. They really take the chill out of the air and don’t need to be run all the time.
Secondly, have an array of exciting warm beverages. Yes. It’s cliche, but it works! I’ve been drinking a lot of tea (See above), and we frequently have hot cocoa when we watch a movie.
Beyond that, we decided to attack any and all drafts from doors and windows. Speaking of my studio – it is by far the most drafty room in our house. The wind whistles through the walls. One sunny day, we cleared out the space around the windows (and the sliding door).
We thoroughly cleaned the window sills as best we could and loaded up our caulking gun with DAP’s Draft Attack.
This particular kind of DAP is great for using on inside window seams. It dries clear and can easily be removed and replaced if the time comes. I don’t think we’ll even consider replacing it until the summer months. I rarely open these windows because it’s either too cold or too hot.
There is another type of caulking (called DAP DynaFlex) that can be used on the external part of the window, but we waited too long and it was too cold outside for it to adhere properly. So we’ll do that part up when we tackle the deck and siding in the spring.
Dan researched a bit before we did this to make sure that we were taking advantage of any and all tricks! We learned a couple! When applying a sealant or caulk, it’s best to start in a corner and push it away from you to get an even bead. Who knew?! It worked really well.
We did both windows and around the sliding door and let it dry for a couple of hours. It was noticeable how much warmer the studio was without all those drafts! Add in my little shop space heater and it’s been cozy enough in there for me to actually complete a furniture flip! (Coming soon… still gotta get some photos of it!)
We finished up by doing this in all our bathrooms (NO one wants a cold bathroom!!) and in the sunroom. Amazing. Such an inexpensive and easy way to save on heating bills and stay cozy. In fact, we compared our heating bills – and even though our main furnace is broken this year, our bill is 10% less!!
Of course I had to cozify the whole house by adding plush blankets and throws to each room. If loving this faux fur throw is wrong, I don’t want to be right 😉
Here’s to cozy and warm nights for the rest of the winter! (And hoping that our heat pump part gets delivered soon!!)
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