We had guests stay with us over Christmas, and I was concerned about keeping them warm enough in our downstairs area while we slept upstairs. Our townhouse unfortunately has a crazy way of being significantly warmer upstairs, such that turning on the heat to make the downstairs comfortable makes the upstairs feel like a desert. In fact, living in Southern California, we really only use our heater for 20 to 30 minute stretches a couple times a week to give the downstairs area a little bit of help warming up first thing in the morning.
But sleeping downstairs all night is a different matter from coming down in the morning. I was toying with the idea of a space heater, despite the safety concerns, when I read this post over at Money Changes Things, recommending a heated mattress padas a means of keeping heating costs down.
I loved the idea and immediately ordered one. And my guests loved it too. They turned it on a little while before they got into bed, and if it was really cold, kept it on low all night. It was especially nice in the morning, when temperatures hit their daily low. I’ve packed the mattress pad away until we have overnight visitors again, but wanted to suggest this method to anyone looking for an alternative means of keeping warm at night.