It is wicked cold here. Single digits morning and night, and a little north of here it is well below zero. The landscape is white, and the driveways are covered in ice. It’s Yaktrax season.
The cold made me think about all the things we do to get ready for winter weather. There are the storm doors that are a necessity, and the covers on the outdoor water faucets to keep them from freezing.
Inside, there are draft dodgers on doors leading to cold closets and doors, covers on all the outer wall outlets, and a nice lap quilt or afghan when you sit down.
We have a lot of windows for a smaller place – we do love light. On most of the windows my winter shades go up in December and come down in March. They are made out of warm window fabric which puts another layer on the window to keep the cold out. They are very heavy, but I have them equipped with hooks so we can still get the light during the day.
Have you ever toured a historic home located in cold climate where there are carpets or quilts covering unused doors and walls? They used what they had, and it worked.
One of the best things is the attic stairway cover. It is technically a box that you set in the space on the top side, and it works great in keeping the cold air from sinking down into living space. From the same company, Battic Door, we have the dryer vent cover that keeps the cold air from getting into the dryer and the house.
We also have a Harmon pellet stove insert. It roars from December through March. It allows us to keep it very comfortable in lieu of using our propane furnace since propane costs $4+ a gallon.
A wood stove works better in a power outage because we have to use our generator in order to run the pellet stove.
So, if you live in a warm area, tell us how warm so we can all bask in your sunshine and heat. Or, if you are in cold country, tell us some of your suggestions for keeping warm.
There is an old joke up in these parts.
Why do New Englanders leave a picnic table outside in the winter?
So, they can gauge how much snow is out there. 🙂