Is it COLD Enough for you in Cedar Rapids??

WOW! We just had a reminder that winter isn’t just close, it feels like it’s HERE!! One day 65 degrees and the next thing we know it feels like it’s 15!

Well, because it seems to catch us off guard every year (or if our power goes off), here is a list some ways TO and NOT TO keep warm this winter ….


Use your stove to heat your house – oh, it does keep the kitchen warm and toasty when we’re cooking, but ovens are made specifically to cook food and not be used as a heat source.

candlesDo not use candles as a heat source – HUGE fire hazard and many homes and families are destroyed by candle fires.

DO NOT use open flame propane heaters – or any propane portable heater. These also are a HUGE fire hazard and a contributor to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Space heaters are a good source, but precaution needs to be taken when using them ….

“These supplemental heating sources can be dangerous if not used properly. The Red Cross urges everyone to use caution when using alternate heat sources to heat their home and offers the following safety tips on how to prevent fires.” Red Cross

According to the Red Cross:

  • Keep all potential sources of fuel like paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs at least three feet away from space heaters, stoves, or fireplaces.
  • Portable heaters and fireplaces should never be left unattended. Turn off space heaters and make sure any embers in the fireplace are extinguished before going to bed or leaving home.
  • If you must use a space heater, place it on a level, hard and nonflammable surface (such as ceramic tile floor), not on rugs or carpets or near bedding or drapes. Keep children and pets away from space heaters.
  • When buying a space heater, look for models that shut off automatically if the heater falls over as another safety measure.

There are much safer ways to get the chill off …

Close off unused rooms. If you aren’t using the room and there is no plumbing, you may even shut off the heat vent.

Switch your ceiling fans to go in the opposite direction and at low speed. The opposite turn of the fan during the cold months will circulate the warmer ceiling air to the lower level of the room.

Invest in flannel sheets! If you have never tried them, they really help  – especially when you first jump into bed. Down comforters extra wool blankets also help stay warm and toasty, too!

If you don’t want to use flannel sheets – they can sometimes be TOO warm – try warming the bed with a hot water bottle, or bags or rice or dried beans in the microwave to warm those sheets before jumping in for the night.

animalsGrab a buddy! Sitting with those you love under a blanket will keep both of you warm. Have more than one in the house & pets? The more the merrier and if you dog is short haired, they’d be your friend forever!

Bundle up! Wool socks, slippers extra thick sweaters and even flannel jeans really help keep the cold from hitting your skin! Coffee and hot cocoa help, too!

However, perhaps just buying a new home would be the perfect way to ward off the winter freezing temperatures!! AND THERE’S STILL TIME TO GET IN BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS!! But you have to hurry!!

Call me today and whether it’s cold – snowing – or both – I would LOVE to show you homes!!

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