Keeping the "Brrr!" Outside - The Great Room

Keeping the “Brrr!” Outside

Winter is upon us with a vengeance, and if you’re tired of walking around the house wrapped in a blanket, we’ve got some shiver-reducing tips that will have you warmed up in no time, while reducing the dreaded energy bill.

  1. Get Friendly with a Space Heater

At nighttime when the temperature outside plummets, it may seem like your heating system is powerless but your bill is limitless. The solution to your woes is simple- space heaters. They can be adjusted for individual comfort levels, so you don’t need to shiver for the sake of the easily overheated members of your family. By turning down your thermostat to the mid-sixties at night and turning up the space heaters in the bedrooms, you can save a chunk of change. For safety’s sake, though, please invest in new space heaters with concealed coils that turn off when tipped over. Have small children? Wait to turn on the heater until bedtime, and remove it from your children’s rooms in the morning to store the heater in a safe place.

2.   Find the Draft and Plug It

Most drafts can be fixed in an hour or so, because they are the result of cracks in the seals in doors or windows. Your local home improvement store carries all the supplies to reseal these troublesome spots and it’s typically something that can be done with nothing more than a screwdriver. Have a draft coming in from a closet or wall? You may need to replace the insulation, and that is a project best left for warmer weather and professionals. In the meantime you can warm things up a bit with a decorative wall hanging- with the added bonus of a new look for the room!

3.  Insulate Your Windows

Windows are the biggest heat loss in any home- whether it’s a skylight, a bedroom window, or a sliding door, it needs a covering that insulates. Try cellular shades- they are available in a wide selection of colors, styles, and fabrics to match any décor. In addition, they can be made to fit any window- skylight, arch, sliding door, angled top: no matter the challenge, there is a cellular shade to meet that challenge. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, call our Customer Service Team at 1-877-388-0336 and we will find the solution and build a custom quote just for you!

Have blinds or shades in place that you love, but leave you cold? Hang insulating curtains over them to keep you warm at night, and tie the curtains back during the day to enjoy the view (or your current blinds). Look for curtains labeled “Energy Smart” at Target or your favorite retailer. An added perk to this choice? You can change out the panels to suit the season or a shift in décor as needed, at very little cost.

With just a little of your time, you can trade your blanket for real comfort and enjoy the time inside with your family instead of shivering through it.

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About the Author: Alicia Graham

Alicia Graham is the Product Manager for She is also an experienced set designer and interior painter, with a broad knowledge of painting techniques that ranges from faux painting to alternate tools that save time and headaches. She is dedicated to making the imagination work in step with the budget and turning hobbyists into artists. Alicia Graham believes that anyone can be an artist in their home with a little help and information.