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Top five tips to keep your home warm in the winter

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The Pacific Northwest is in for the first major cold spell of the season - with high temperatures expected to top out in the 30s.

Even though there’s a chill in the air, there are a few things you can do to keep your house warm, without going broke.

Fox 12 spoke with a local expert at Falk Hardware True Value in Beaverton, and found several ways to prep your home for the cold weather, including some cheap DIY tricks.

When the temperature drops, most of us crank up the heat - which can get expensive, fast.

“Anytime a room cools down you essentially have to pay to reheat that room. So keeping your house at a constant temperature would be better than letting it cool down then heating it up,” said Justin Van Nuys, Falk Hardware True Value.

Van Nuys says space heaters are a popular go-to in the cool season, but even those can be costly to buy and run.

So he has a few expert tips to prep your home for the frigid temps:

Tip #1:  Keep the cold out

"One of the biggest mistakes is just not doing anything. Not covering the cracks, not insulating windows and crawlspaces," Van Nuys told Fox 12.

From cracks around windows, and spaces under doors - Van Nuys says - fill them all in.

Tip #2: Buy better bulbs

“There are some light bulbs out there that can add some heat. Some of the big flood lights you can put in your bathroom, kitchens, hallways, and that can help,” Van Nuys explained.

Along with heat bulbs, Van Nuys says energy efficient lights should also go on the shopping list, “With less money spent on lighting, you can now spend more on heating.”

Tip #3: Watch your windows

“You put this [clear plastic material] on the inside of your window and hit it with a hair dryer and that will stick to the window. It creates a film that will give some insulation for the glass,” Van Nuys said.

Along with the clear seal — Van Nuys suggests keeping the curtains and blinds open during the day, and closed up at night. Any extra sunlight will help heat the room.

Tip #4: Rearrange a bit

Van Nuys says furniture can play a big role in how you keep your home heated.

“If you have a couch pushed up to a wall where there’s a heater, you might want to move it or at least move it out a bit. A couch in front could really dampen the heat and stop it from spreading out,” Van Nuys told Fox 12.

After you move your couch, consider a throw rug over your wood or tile floors, which can also act as insulation.

Tip #5: DIY

Grab the tin foil and create a hood for your radiator

“Foil does a really good job of reflecting heat, so you put it there and it will reflect the heat back toward the house,” Van Nuys said.

We know this isn’t actually a DIY - but did you know your ceiling fan has a winter setting?

“Ceiling fans have a switch to circulate the air and pull it up. What that does is pull the cold air from the bottom of the room and pulls it up towards the top, and the hot air gets pushed down. It’s a good way to circulate the air,” Van Nuys explained.

Experts also suggest owning a good indoor/outdoor thermometer, so you keep an eye on the temperature. Speaking of, the ideal energy-efficient temp for inside is 68 degrees.

For a step-by-step video tutorial of covering your radiator with foil, check out this YouTube clip:

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