Safe Ways to Stay Warm in a House With No Heat

How to stay warm
Whether you’re trying to save money on your utility bill, dealing with a power outage or shivering through a furnace breakdown, staying warm in a home with sub-zero temperatures outside can be a challenge. Here are some ways to keep toasty.

Seal doors

Prevent outside air from getting inside your home by installing door sweeps at the bottom of all exterior doors. They’re inexpensive, simple to put on and can keep dust and pests out, too.

Weatherize windows

Keep cold air out of your home by sealing window gaps.

Insulate the attic

An under-insulated attic lets cold air in and warm air out. Proper insulation, however, can not only keep your home comfortable by retaining warm air from the heater or furnace, but can save up to 20% on your utility bill. Check out our fun infographic for more DIY home projects.

Let the sun in

Open your curtains, shades and blinds and let the sunshine in. Natural sunlight is warm, free and it can even give your mood a boost.

Dress warmly

Rather than immediately cranking up the thermostat when you get chilly, add a sweater or dress in layers. Still cold? Pull on some thermal socks and snuggle up in a cozy blanket.

Get active

Raise your body temperature by walking, exercising indoors or cleaning. You’ll feel warmer, lose calories and will have spiffed up the house.

Save on your heating bill and keep your home comfortably warm on frigid days by following the tips above.

  • Susan Chipman

    This is a completely useless article that does not actually deal with the stated problem. Suppose your heat has failed and it is very cold. What should you do? No help here.

    • Obi Won

      Rolls of large plastic sheets for complete covering of windows and doors. Insulate attic to 12 inches at least.