The cold winter will be here before you know it, so now is a good time to get prepared. If you are like many families today, you try to keep the thermostat as low as possible to save money and reduce your energy consumption. But that doesn’t mean you and your family will have to freeze inside your home. Instead of thinking about your teeth chattering this winter, continue reading to learn 6 ways you can stay warm this winter without spending a lot of money:
1. Dress In Layers
Dressing in layers is a proven way to stay warm. And if you start to get too warm, you can take a layer or two off to cool down. Start with a thin layer of silk, nylon, or polyester next to your skin to wick away any moisture. Then add polyester or fleece over that. Depending on how cold it is, you can add several layers of fleece and/or polyester. You can use something made of wool, but it’s heavier and more restrictive. If you are going outside, your top layer should be a waterproof and wind-resistant coat. Something made of Gore-Tex is perfect. If you will be staying indoors, then top your layers off with a sweater. Don’t use cotton fabrics because it won’t keep you warm. It absorbs sweat and will make you feel colder.
2. Drink Hot Beverages
You can warm yourself from the inside out by drinking a hot cup of tea or coffee. Also, holding the hot mug with both your hands will help warm you up. It will only be a temporary feeling of warmth, but it’s worth it.
3. Keep Blankets Easily Accessible
One of the best things about winter is wrapping yourself up in a blanket and reading a good book or watching a movie with the family while big white snow flakes gently fall to the ground. Blankets keep you nice and warm in the winter because they trap your body heat and keep it close to you. Keep a few blankets around your house so you can easily grab one when you feel chilly.
4. Invest In Wool Socks And Slippers
This is especially important if you have hardwood floors in your house. Since your feet are the farthest extremity from your heart, they are usually the coldest part of your body. When your toes are cold, it makes your entire body feel cold. Just like a blanket, socks and slippers trap your body heat and keep it close to you. When your toes are warm and cozy inside a fuzzy pair of wool socks and your favorite slippers, the heat retention will make your whole body feel toasty.
5. Clean The House
When you move, your muscles burn food as fuel and creates heat. The warmer your muscles get, the warmer your blood will get as it circulates through those muscles. Then, that warm blood will circulate through your entire body and raise your core temperature. While you may not be up to a strenuous workout, you can get your muscles working and warm blood pumping throughout your body by doing some housework.
6. Put An Area Rug On Your Hardwood Floors
If you have hardwood floors in your home, they probably aren’t insulated. You can lose about 18% of the heat in your home through the floor. To keep your house warmer without using more energy, squirt filler into any gaps or cracks in your floor and then put down some area rugs. If you have the extra money, you should insulate your floors, especially the first floor over an unheated basement. This could save you as much as $500 a year.
If you find that it’s too cold inside your house and none of these suggests are keeping you warm, maybe your heat isn’t working properly. If this is the case, call your local HVAC company, to come take a look. While it’s always a good idea to conserve energy, and everyone likes the thought of lower bills, you don’t want to get hypothermia. Make sure your HVAC system is in good working order before all the snow starts to fall and things really get chilly.