Heating Your House: The College Student’s Do’s and Don’t’s

Howdy everyone, Dave here with some useful dos and don’ts for keeping your house warm despite how cold outdoors – without burning your house down in the process.  From making sure you get rid of that nasty draft to ensuring the safety of  Mr. Meowingtons , this list has got it all.

Do:

  • Avoid drafts at all costs.  Drafts drain your house of heat faster than two shakes of a lamb’s tail.  To avoid nasty drafts, check and seal any cracks, gaps, or breaks in your foundations, walls, floors, ceilings and around pipes.
  • Seal or winterize your windows using heavy curtains, window sealers or even blankets. (Yes I have used blankets, I’m not ashamed!)
  • Take advantage of the Sun!  During the day open up your blinds and let the sun naturally warm your house.
  • Utilize space heaters effectively and place them in low-ceiling, frequently used rooms.
  • Have people over! The more people, the more body heat, the more body heat, the warmer your house is.

Do Not:

  • Do not use your oven to heat the house. The oven isn’t designed to heat a large area and using it to heat a room will not only waste precious energy and money, but also run a huge risk of causing a fire.
  • Do not use an outdated space heater.  Space heaters now-a-days are efficient and safe if properly cared for.  Old space heaters may be damaged, or their design is not up to fire code regulation and can easily cause a fire if used.
  • If using space heaters, make sure there are no frayed cords.  Frayed cords increases the risk of injury and electrical fires. Steer clear of using a damaged outlet, too.
  • Do not have blankets, sheets, or anything flammable in the immediate area of the source of heat in your house.  Warming your socks on the radiator may seem like a great idea, until they start smoking..
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