Wintertime hacks to carry you through until spring
News to help you worry less and live more
If you're among the winter-weary, take heart: Spring's a mere seven weeks away. These six no- or low-cost homeowner hacks can help get you to the finish line:
Make sure your ceiling fan is rotating clockwise to force warm air back into the room. (When the weather warms up, reverse the fan so it cools).
Coat your snow shovel with nonstick cooking spray or oil like WD-40® to keep snow and ice from building up.
Cut heating bills by closing vents in rooms you don't use.
- If you notice a draft from an exterior door,
wrap foam pipe insulation along the bottom to block the chill.
- Dry air seems colder than it actually is. If you heat with wood,
put a water-filled tea kettle on the woodstove to add humidity. Throw in some cloves or a cinnamon stick, and you'll have instant, chemical-free aromatherapy, too!
Slide a hot water bottle under the covers at the foot of your bed to warm it up. And for extra coziness, put your pajamas on top of the bottle, so they'll get toasty, too, before you change for bed.