Some rooms in a house just get colder than others. If this room happens to be your bedroom, it can be quite an uncomfortable, frustrating inconvenience. Instead of shivering all night, truing to sleep, take action to get to the root of the problem and warm up the room! Here are 5 ways to get your cold bedroom warm.
- Inspect and seal your heat ducts. Often heat doesn’t get into the rooms of your home due to a leak or crack in the heating ducts. These ducts carry the warm air from your heating system into your home. However, cracks, gaps or leaks can develop with time and if you do not regularly inspect and maintain your ducts. Be sure to regularly inspect your ducts to notice any broken parts. This could be allowing air to escape from the duct before it has the chance to enter your bedroom, resulting in a cold space as well as energy waste. You can temporarily seal gaps and cracks with duct tape to improve duct efficiency and help warm air access your bedroom.
- Seal up all windows in your bedroom properly. In addition to sealing your ducts, windows are another area in a room that can allow warm air to escape. In addition, inefficient windows can also let cold air in, in the form of drafts. To seal these up, be sure to be a heavy duty indoor caulk. You can purchase caulk at any local hardware or home and garden center for a quick DIY weekend project. Apply the caulk liberally around the edges of your windows, working it in any gaps, holes or cracks especially. Then wipe away the excess with a cloth and allow to dry completely. This will keep warm air in and cold air out!
- Use a space heater. When in doubt, a space heater is a great way to warm up a small space efficiently and quickly. You can buy electric space heaters that simply plug into the wall and emit warmth in your room. While these are not ideal for heating an entire house, they are perfect for a bedroom that needs a little bit of extra heat to be comfortable. Plus, you can turn them on r off as needed throughout the day and they don’t take up much room at all.
- Install heavy curtains. Heavy curtains and window fixtures will help to add extra insulation. Closing heavy curtains helps to trap cold air that is coming in from outside in-between the window pane and the curtain before the cold air can impact the temperature of your bedroom. Close these at night to help keep warm air in your bedroom.
- Close the door. This is one of the simplest ways to ensure heat stays in your room. If you open the door, the warm air will circulate out into the hallways, dispersing and reducing the consistency of your bedroom’s temperature.
When trying to keep your bedroom warm, energy efficiency is key. Make sure that your room is well sealed and insulated in order to enjoy warmer conditions. Check your windows, doors and air ducts and seal them up as needed. Also, consider using a space heater for extra warmth or installing heavy window treatments to block out cold drafts.