With Winter Finally Upon Us, it is Time to Hang the Blankets

United States
January 4, 2016 5:40pm CST
Earlier this fall I placed plastic up to all but one window in our home. It does help to keep the cold air out. Because we have had an unusually warm start to our winter I was able to open that one window that I didn't treat. It was nice to open it when we were having such nice weather. We hit 70 degrees on Christmas Eve and it was in the 60's on Christmas day. Tonight it will be in the single digits. Our entry doors are quite drafty despite the fact that there is weatherstripping around them. So, to help keep out the cold I hang heavy blankets over the doors. It looks like something out of the pioneer days when people hung blankets and quilts over the windows to keep the cold air out. What efforts do you take to weatherize your home against the cold?
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@jaboUK (55052)
• United Kingdom
5 Jan 16
All our windows are double glazed, and we have central heating so we're snug.
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• United States
5 Jan 16
Our furnace has been running quite a bit to battle the cold. Every time it comes on I cringe.
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@jaboUK (55052)
• United Kingdom
5 Jan 16
@ElusiveButterfly You cringe? Because of the cost? Surely you'd cringe more if it didn't come on and you were freezing?
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• United States
5 Jan 16
@jaboUK So true. But, to have it come on so much means that we are burning a lot of fuel. That puts a deep dent in the pocketbook.
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• United States
4 Jan 16
Hi Elusive. That is what I used to do in nearly all the places we lived. Fortunately I live 3 floors up so all the heat comes up here if we need it on. The windows and doors are sealed tight they way any place should be. So no need to weatherize for once. There was always drafts and leaking roofs and mold in our previous places. Hope you stay nice and warm this winter.
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• United States
5 Jan 16
I am so glad that you have a decent place to call home. We have lived here for 5 1/2 years and it is getting old fast. I am tired of having to go to such extremes to keep the cold out and the cost of heating down.
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• United States
5 Jan 16
@ElusiveButterfly Yes it is really terrible. I guess your landlord is like all the others I had..not interested in doing anything at all. I hope that one day soon you get another better place. It took me many many years to finally get this place Elusive and yes I feel blessed believe me. It is one less worry. Tho I never take it for granted as tomorrow is never promised.
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• United States
5 Jan 16
@TiarasOceanView You are so right there OT. Because of my recent health problem and surgery, I was out of work for 6 weeks. It was a burden for us to not have 2 incomes. My landlord was understanding though and for that I am grateful.
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@Platespinner (17062)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
5 Jan 16
I'm spoiled, when I get cold I throw a little more wood into the wood heater and pull my rocking chair a little closer. If it gets REALLY cold, I might even break down and close our bedroom window...
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• United States
5 Jan 16
Wish we could have a wood stove. My hubby would love it too. The heat that radiates from them can chase the cold out of your bones in a hurry.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
5 Jan 16
@ElusiveButterfly When we bought this house 3 1/2 years ago we had planned to wait a year before installing the wood heater. It ended up being a purchase I didn't regret putting on a credit card. We actually have two wood heaters, there is a fireplace insert in the basement that was here when we bought the house, unfortunately it isn't as effective as we had hoped. The soapstone heater we bought for the great room, though, is wonderful!
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@GreatMartin (5786)
• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
5 Jan 16
We are having a 'cold wave' in South Florida now--suppose to go down to the low 60s by morning--what do I do? Nothing--oh I may put on a bathrobe while at the computer but that's about it! (We will be back in the 80s by Thursday!)
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• United States
5 Jan 16
I would rather have that kind of cold wave! I am wrapped in a blanket right now!
@mommaj (22891)
• United States
5 Jan 16
Ooohhh. I remember doing that when I lived up north. I hated cold weather. I put up plastic so the wind couldn't blow through and then I would put up heavy blankets on the doors and even doorways into different rooms. I would shut them off because they would get so cold.
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• United States
5 Jan 16
We have 2 spare rooms that we cover the heating vents and keep the doors closed. It saves quite a bit. But, living in an older trailer it gets quite drafty.
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@mommaj (22891)
• United States
5 Jan 16
@ElusiveButterfly I shiver remembering those days, or it might be the cold air passing through my back door as my folks keep going in and out on my porch.
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• United States
7 Jan 16
@mommaj Brrrrr. I get a chill just thinking about it.
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• United States
7 Jan 16
I replaced much of the old weather stripping with new, caulked places where a draft was felt, so far it is pretty toasty upstairs but still slightly cooler down stairs but we manage
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• United States
7 Jan 16
I once lived in a split level apartment when my children were quite young. I had to hang a blanket in the stairwell to keep the heat from rising upstairs. The temperature downstairs wouldn't go above 50 degrees. Way too cold for little ones.
• United States
7 Jan 16
Our problem is the downstairs registers with collapsed ductwork underneath the house, is not fixable so even with a rerouting using an over head duct system, we get some of the heat but most wafts upstairs. No biggey I have tons of comfy warm winter wear ! @ElusiveButterfly
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• United States
7 Jan 16
@enlightenedpsych2 I have some warmer clothing too. I just loathe layering up!!
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@Jessicalynnt (47880)
• Centralia, Missouri
5 Jan 16
We um, dont have that as a concern. Although we do keep our windows quite covered, with multiple layers of curtains due to summer heat
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• United States
5 Jan 16
When it is hot in the summer months I close the curtains to keep out the sun. The larger window in the living room will draw a lot of heat into the house making the ac work a little harder to keep it cooler inside.
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• Centralia, Missouri
6 Jan 16
@ElusiveButterfly yeah, windows and any openings are bad for summers, winters we honestly dont do much, but our winters in east Texas are NOT that cold.
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• United States
6 Jan 16
@Jessicalynnt you are fortunate. I live in the northeast and you never know what to expect. This winter was nice and warm for a while.
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@just4him (127251)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
6 Jan 16
I haven't done anything yet, but will. I'll be getting the window plastic the next time I go to the store.
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• United States
6 Jan 16
I always wait for it to go on clearance and purchase enough to do the windows. Saves me a lot of money.
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@just4him (127251)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
6 Jan 16
@ElusiveButterfly I really need to get it. The house is so drafty.
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• United States
6 Jan 16
@just4him It is here too. Just when I think I've got it all covered, I feel a draft coming from somewhere else.
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@peavey (16866)
• United States
5 Jan 16
I don't worry too much about it now, but where we lived before this, I hung a blanket in the doorway to the upstairs, which was unheated except for some vents. We heated with wood and later, coal, so we had to use electric heaters in the bathroom to keep the pipes from freezing when it got really cold. Other than that, I poked cloth into the window frames to keep them from leaking cold air and kept curtains closed as much as possible, although I hate a dark house.
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• United States
5 Jan 16
I am not a fan of a dark house either. I prefer to let the sunshine in. However, when the temperatures dip way low I keep the cold out at night by closing the curtains. I will open them in the morning before I head to work.
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@peavey (16866)
• United States
6 Jan 16
@ElusiveButterfly If it's really cold, there are some windows I will keep covered, like in the bedrooms and other rooms not used much. Every little bit helps.
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• United States
6 Jan 16
@peavey It does indeed. I have even hung blankets in the windows when the temperatures dipped into the single digits or below.
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@Susan2015 (21719)
• United States
4 Jan 16
We do the same thing and put plastic up again on all but one window. It does help keep out the cold wind.
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• United States
5 Jan 16
I may just hang a heavy towel over the window in the kitchen to keep out the cold. It is a smaller window. That way I can open it if I need to when we need a little fresh air.
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@Susan2015 (21719)
• United States
5 Jan 16
@ElusiveButterfly I have a rolled up towel covering the bottoms of the doors to keep out the cold from coming in underneath.
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• United States
7 Jan 16
@Susan2015 I placed a draft stopper at the bottom of the front door. Even with that there is a cold draft.
@marlina (78066)
• Canada
7 Jan 16
WE just turn up the heat.
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• United States
7 Jan 16
Wish I could afford to do that! Even with the cost of fuel down this year, it is still costly to heat a home.
@RonElFran (1139)
• Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
5 Jan 16
We don't put plastic up at the windows, but we do in the doorway between the kitchen and a room we don't heat during the winter. Makes a big difference.
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• United States
5 Jan 16
I have done that in the past as well. Keeps the cost of heating down.
@UncleJoe (10872)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
5 Jan 16
We just flip off the AC and turn on the furnace. Our windows and sliding door are already double-paned and insulated.
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• United States
5 Jan 16
Even with double paned and insulated doors there would need to be heavy insulated drapes hung to keep out the cold.
@amadeo (73357)
• United States
4 Jan 16
We have been buckle down for sometime.We are ready to take on the element.
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• United States
4 Jan 16
I have to get that lone window covered with plastic, and the living room door needs a blanket.
@Missmwngi (10783)
• Nairobi, Kenya
4 Jan 16
We don't have that extreem cold here so no measures needed
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