Winterizing Your Home

Dec 16, 10 Winterizing Your Home

A Blinged-Out Facial

Damn, it’s cold outside. Even Miami has seen the 30′s and 40′s, and I’m not talking fashion revival here. If the economy is preventing you from going on that much-daydreamed-about tropical getaway this Christmas break, you’re not alone. Many of us will have to suffer the inclemency of winter from our own living rooms. That doesn’t mean you can’t make said living room as comfy and warm as a pueblo in Puerto Rico. It’s easier than you think and costs next to nothing to do it:

  • Avoid drafts by using old-school draft snakes. Use a rolled up towel under a door or get crafty and make one filled with sand or kitty litter. You’ll avoid getting chilly and save anywhere from 5% to 30% off your energy usage.
  • Clean or replace your furnace filter once a month. Yes, you have to clean it, cochina. Better yet, switch to a permanent filter.
  • Did you know that ceiling fans can be run in reverse? Most come with a switch that makes the blade rotate clockwise causing the air that is pooled near the ceiling to be circulated back into the living space as warm air. Result: cut your heating costs by as much as 10%.
  • Pick up a window insulation kit at the hardware store. It’s easy to install, virtually invisible and boosts your home’s ability to hold heat. Great excuse to ask Ricky Martin’s smoking-hot doppelgänger, aka your neighbor, to give you a hand with your, er, window.
  • Bundle up! Simple as it may sound, throwing on a heavy sweater gives 2 to 4 degrees of added warmth. You‘ll feel cozy without having to turn up the thermostat. Plus, you’ll be able to tell abuelita you actually wore the (ugly) sweater with the pesebre she knitted for you without having to endure the shame of having to wear it in public.

It may not have anything on the beaches of Puerto Rico, but these tips will keep your home cozy and you’ll save enough money so that next year you’ll be celebrating New Year’s Eve with a caipirinha in your hand and a Brazilian at your feet.”

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