A little over a year ago, I got rid of cable. Before I cut the cord, I used to watch an HGTV show called Holmes on Homes, with Mike Holmes (is this show even still on??). He’s this burly contractor who helps homeowners who “bought a lemon” of a house figure out what’s wrong with it.
Then he sinks thousands of dollars into making it right.
About four years ago, we bought a lemon, too.
One of the big problems we have is that the temperature is all wonky in our house: the main living area is usually waaaaayy off from the upstairs bedrooms.
I’m talking “suffocate-to-death-can’t-get-comfy” hot in the summer upstairs (with ceiling fans that practically spin off their sockets if we turn them up too high, LOL).
And in the winter, it’s “bone-chattering-cold” in my bedroom.
Thanks to that show, I made the connection that our bedroom is an icebox because the garage must have crappy insulation.
Although I’m well aware that this is a problem that must be addressed (it’s like stepping on ice cubes at night on that floor!!), it’s also something I can’t afford to fix.
So here are my two affordable options:
1. Lay a Cozy Rug!
I’m embarrassed to say that I still don’t have a rug on my bedroom floor. As ice-cold as the floor becomes, isn’t that the most logical idea?
But I’m picky when it comes to rugs. I don’t like just any rugs. They’re expensive, too. Plus, since I have DIY ADHD, I started my master bedroom makeover and (– ahem ..chirp….chirp….silence..) it’s been nearly 4 years since I’ve touched it again, it still looks like we moved in last week. YIKES!
2. Toast It Up w/a Space Heater
I’ve always been wary of space heaters because I’ve read that they suck you dry when your electricity bill comes. But it’s got to be cheaper than trying to turn the heat up 5 degrees, right?! Plus, since I’m only using it in one room, it won’t get overworked.
Heat Storm contacted me recently and asked if I would be interested in reviewing one of their space heaters. Um…yes!! How did they know??!! This was just what I needed!
I picked out the Heat Storm Sahara Infrared Heater from Amazon.
The weather has cooled considerably at night, but we’ve had a wave of warm weather and average temp nights. So I haven’t had time to try it in my bedroom yet.
Here is my infamous “blogging room.”
It’s basically my “formal living room” that will never be “formal” because I’m just not a “formal” person. 🙂
When my family goes to bed, this is where I do my blogging, and even on warmer nights, it can feel chilly!
I tested out the Heat Storm Sahara this weekend while hunched over my blogging desk.
I have to admit that when I finally shut off my computer to go to bed at night, I didn’t run and jump in to bed and wiggle next to hubby (who goes to bed before me) just so I could steal his warmth. (I’m not kidding, I get that cold sometimes!) The heater had done a good job of keeping me comfortable while working.
What I Liked About This Space Heater
I’ve used this space heater about 3-4 times now, and what I love most about it is that it’s not an overpowering heat. I’ve had space heaters that, within minutes, feel like it’s going to burn the skin off the side of the body it’s facing. EEK! It actually does a good job of warming the room without overwhelming the space.
The remote control is a great feature, too, so I could adjust it while being lazy ;).
One Small Issue?
Not sure why this happened, but after the second use, I notice a rattling when I turn it on. A rather distracting rattle. Like there is something loose inside of it.
After a few minutes, it stops.
It did break my concentration a little while trying to edit a YouTube for you guys that I plan to post next week! (would love it you’d subscribe to my YouTube channel!)
Then again, I have a two year old who has been known to bang and pounce on stuff, so it could be he got his hands on it while I wasn’t looking and shook something loose!
When the kids got up super early on Sunday (why can’t they ever get up super early on a Monday….??) they wanted to try it out. I kept having to tell them to “get away from the heater!” Thankfully, because it wasn’t an overwhelming heat, they were able to lay close enough to it without a problem. I just had to keep watching to make sure they weren’t getting too close.
I’m sure there will be nights that I snuggle up just a little closer with hubby. That’s always an option. ;). I’m not looking forward to the bitter cold of winter, but with a new space heater, some rugs, and some snuggling, we’ll make it through just fine ;).
So how do you keep your spaces warm and cozy in the winter? Do you have heating issues like our house? Or do you use space heaters to warm up while keeping your heat turned down?
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P.S. I didn’t receive any money for this post, but Heat Storm is reimbursing me for buying this space heater on Amazon. All my opinions are my own! 🙂