No one likes a bitter-cold home; that’s why you need to keep it warm. Not everyone has an HVAC system, and not everyone wants one. Some people prefer to heat their homes completely off grid, and others have off-grid heating options in case of emergencies.
First Things First
Possibly the most important part of heating your home, aside from the actual heat source, is proper insulation. Insulating your home with plastic or bubble wrap on the windows can make a huge difference when temperatures get colder. You can also lay down a thick rug or hang thermal curtains to help insulate your home. After all, without insulation, all the heat will escape and the cold will come in.
Another way to help your home stay warm during the colder months of the year is to close off rooms that are hardly used. The smaller an area is, the easier it is to keep warm; tiny homes are especially good at minimizing space and making the most out of their heat sources.
Multiple Heating Options
Take advantage of the sun. Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean the sun isn’t still warm. South-facing windows in the continental US receive the most sunshine, so let the sun pour into your home and see what a difference a little natural light makes.
You can also invest in a wood stove. The fuel is relatively easy to find as long as you know what you’re looking for. Just be careful not to burn pine indoors, as its sap can cause a potentially dangerous buildup of soot and creosote in your chimney.
Warm clothes are always an option as well, but the human body can only stay warm on its own for so long before it needs an outside heat source. Having an off-grid way to heat your home is great for when the power goes out. Check out your options for when SHTF and there’s no power. Also, check out this method of heating your shelter without an indoor fire.
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