When the temperatures begin to drop and the sun goes down earlier, you know Winter is upon us. Winter can be long and very chilly depending on where you live. Below I am going to share some awesome cold weather hacks to help you survive this winter. These hacks will help keep you warm, save you money and much more.
Window Insulation Kits
To eliminate any unwanted drafts in windows, buy window insulation kits. They are a film you apply to your windows, and it can save you around $15-$18 per window for the winter. It helps keep those winter drafts from blowing in.
If you have ceiling fans, turn them so they run clockwise. This will take the warm air that rises to the ceiling and pushes it down to you.
If you put your hand at the bottom of your door and find a cool breeze flowing in, roll up a towel and place it at the bottom of the door. It will help block the cold air from getting indoors.
After you cook your meal, leave the oven door open after you turn the oven off. It will release all that hot air into your home and help heat it up some. Be cautious if you have young children though, as they could get hurt.
Shower or Bath Time
After you take a bath don’t drain the water right away. The heat will rise from the warm water, heating the house and offer humidity that you need. If you shower put the bath stopper in and let it fill up. Winter months can be so dry, that extra humidity is good for your home.
Put old socks on your windshield wipers and stick them up in the air. This will prevent them from sticking to your windshield after a snow.
If your keyhole to a door is frozen shut, put some hand sanitizer on your key and wiggle it in. The hand sanitizer will melt the ice inside the keyhole.
Park Facing East
When possible, park facing the east. This will help the snow melt faster and warm your car up during the day.
Make sure in the winter months to keep your gas tank at least half full. If it gets too cold for too long and your gas is really low it can freeze.
If your feet get cold in the winter, take an old wool sweater and cut out insoles and stick in shoes. Just take out your current insole to use as a guide. This will help keep your feet nice and warm.
Have to get out and shovel snow? Apply a thin layer of cooking spray on the shovel, it will help the snow from getting stuck on the shovel, and make it easier!
Defrost and melt ice on your sidewalks and drive with this mix. Take 1/2 gallon of hot water, 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol, and 1 tablespoon of dishwasher soap. Splash onto the drive to melt that ice.
How do you prepare for winter?