Beartooth Metal Roofing Says Stay Warm!
Montana Winters are Cold, Let’s Stay Warm
Our goal is to provide homes across Montana with metal roofs that will help protect the home, increase the beauty of the home, and help the home be more energy efficient.
But a roof isn’t the only way to make sure that your home stays warm in these cold winter months. There are plenty of ways to stay cozy inside, without turning up the heat (and experiencing the high gas bills that come along with that).
Here are 17 ways that you can stay warm without spending a lot of money.
Shorts and T-Shirts are great, but not in the winter. Instead of cranking up the heat, put on a sweatshirt or sweater to stay warm while you’re inside.
Don a Hat and Socks
There was a myth that was floating around for many years that you lose 50-90% of your heat through your head. That’s not quite true, but you do lose a lot! Put a hat on and stay toasty warm inside. Even better, throw on some wool socks.
Move Around a Bit
When you’re outside in the cold, the best way to stay warm is to get your blood moving. Inside is no different! Run up and down the stairs a few times to get your blood moving, and you’ll be warm for quite a while afterward.
Snuggle Under a Blanket
If you’re married or your significant other is around, two bodies produce more heat than just one! Cuddle under a fuzzy blanket and watch a movie, read books, or have a good long chat.
Use your Drapes
The sun heats the earth during the summer, so make use of it in the winter too! During the bright and sunny days, let the rays flow into your home. When the cold of night comes up, close the heavy drapes to insulate better.
Block Air Drafts
Newer houses don’t have as many drafts, but those that live in older homes understand these problems! Around the windows you can slow the drafts by sealing gaps with caulk. Near the door you can buy a door snake, or simply roll up a towel to prevent drafts from under the door.
Turn off the Fan
A bathroom fan is great for evacuating the moisture from the room, but it sucks a lot of warm air out of the house too. If possible, leave the door open while you shower so the fan isn’t necessary.
Humidify the House
Along the lines of leaving the door open while showering, you will humidify the house. Humid air will feel warmer, and you won’t have to turn the thermostat up. It’s also better for your skin.
Use an Area Rug
Tile floors are cold. Hardwoods are too (to an extent). Instead of suffering with cold feet, invest in an area rug. It will beautify the home, help filter dust from the air, and keep you warmer.
Warm with a Fireplace
Many fireplaces are incredibly inefficient. If you have an enclosed one, like a wood burning stove, they can be helpful to heat the home. If you have a fireplace that sucks warm air from the house, block it off so the air can’t escape.
Light a Candle
Older homes can tend to have musty and older smells. If they bother you, then you’ll want something that can make it smell better. A few candles in each room won’t provide a lot of warmth, but they will provide some, and the house will smell better.
Drinking warm beverages will immediately warm you from the inside. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or even just plain hot water will suffice. Bonus: boiling the water will help warm and humidify the house.
Reverse Your Fan
If you have high ceilings, and you have ceiling fans, then you should turn them on! But make sure they are pushing the air back down to where you are. Warm air rises, but you don’t. Bring the air to you.
You have to eat, so you might as well help heat the home with your cooking! Baking bread, cookies, casseroles, and anything else that involves the oven will create a tremendous amount of heat inside the house. When you’re done, leave the door cracked just a bit and let the heat flow into the kitchen.
Close a Door
Do you have rooms in the house that aren’t often used? Or maybe they are completely empty or just have storage. Why spend money to heat what you don’t use? Close the vents and close the doors keeping the bulk of the heat where you are living.
A long-term, less simple, solution is to add more insulation to your home. If you can access the attic, that’s the best place to blow in insulation. If you can access the walls, then putting insulation in the walls will help make your home more comfortable all year round.
Replace Windows and Doors
Another long-term solution is to upgrade to better windows and doors. Old windows are often framed in metal or wood, and only have a single pane of glass. Upgrade to vinyl or fiberglass and you can reduce a lot of the drafts.
Beartooth Metal Roofing Crafts Beautiful Roofs
Throughout the spring, summer, and fall we love putting expertly crafted roofs on peoples’ homes. In the winter, things slow down a bit, so we want to share our knowledge of staying warm with you! But spring is rapidly approaching, are you ready to get rid of your old asphalt roof and upgrade to a metal one? Give us a call at 406-839-0084 to schedule a time when we can come get you a quote.