January 7th, 2014 11:49 AM by Dan Howard
The other side of the warmth equation is to cut down the heat loss in your “warm room”.
Close your window blinds if you have them.
Place blankets over the windows using the curtain rods. Blankets greatly reduce window heat loss.
Drape blankets or plastic in the room openings such as doors and doorways.
If you can cover windows in areas outside of your warm room, do so. When you reduce heat loss for anywhere in the entire home, you help your warm room.
Figure a path to the outside that does not require opening an exterior door in or near the “warm room”. As an example, if you pick the living room, your way out of the house should be the basement.
Needed prevention in the rest of the home
When you have cut down heat to the rest of the home, you need to have concerns about freeze protection in the lower heat areas. For detailed information about protecting your home from freezing, go to http://www.pittsburghmoldtesting.com/FrozenPipesArticle
If you need to leave the home, turn off the main water valve to the house. If your pipes freeze, turning off that valve could avoid costly, unpleasant and inconvenient water damage and mold remediation.
Bring your CO detector into the room you're trying to heat.
A Final Word
If you know a senior or other person who has difficulty keeping their home warm, look in on them and lend a hand.