Staying warm can feel like a struggle in the wintertime. And as a result, you might feel inclined to adjust the thermostat throughout the day to achieve the level of comfort you’re looking for. While that is a surefire way to stay cozy, there’s also a chance it will increase your overall energy usage and utility bills.
If you’re looking to keep warm as efficiently as possible, here are some tips that will help!
Efficient Ways to Stay Warm
Use the Sun
Even though it may feel cold and blustery outside, using the sun to its fullest potential is one of the best ways to stay warm — but how so? Simple: if you have a room in your home that receives a lot of sunlight throughout the day, keep the blinds open. By doing this, you’ll help the sun’s powerful rays pool into your home, heating any room for a fraction of the cost.
Whether you stay active every day or are looking to do just that, working out will help keep you warm! Think about it: if you’re running, lifting weights, or even going for a simple walk, you’ll increase your body temperature. And when that happens, feeling cold will be a thing of the past!
Dress Warmly Indoors
This might seem like an oxymoron, but bundling up indoors will help make a significant impact on your comfort! From fuzzy socks to a plush sweatshirt, nothing is off-limits when it comes to keeping you warm. Of course, the more layers you wear, the more comfortable you’ll be on those cold, chilly days!
Drink Warm Beverages
If you’re a fan of iced coffee and tea, you might want to opt for the warmer version of each beverage in colder weather. Sure, this might seem like a standard, but many will still consume frosty drinks regardless of the season. However, drinking hot chocolate, coffee, or tea will help warm up your body with minimal effort!
Change Your Bedding
Do you tend to get cold while you’re sleeping? If that’s the case, then you may want to change your bedding. Believe it or not, there’s a chance that your current sheets are too sheer and may be letting any gust of cold pass through them. However, the solution is simple: look for thick, dense bedding that will help keep you warm. Materials, such as flannel, fleece, and jersey knit, will keep you toasty all night long and will leave little room for a chill!
Add a Rug
If your home has hardwood floors, then you know that walking around barefoot can be a bit of a challenge during the coldest months out of the year. And if that’s the case, a simple solution is to add an area rug (or two) in your home. Rugs, as it’s known, are plush and can help provide warmth and comfort!
Some ideal spots to place a rug include, but aren’t limited to:
The side of your bed
*Bathroom (*Caution: make sure the rug has grips so that it won’t slide on the tile!)
Insulate Drafty Windows
Do you happen to have a drafty window, or a few, in your home? If so, those might be letting more cold air in then you realize. And when that’s the case, you’ll be more inclined to adjust the thermostat — and there will be a higher chance of the heat escaping your house. However, to combat this, it’s best to look into weather stripping!
This inexpensive, helpful material can be purchased at your local home improvement store and will help block the cold out. And the best part about it? It’s straightforward to apply; you’ll wish you thought about doing this much sooner!
If You Suspect That There Is a Problem With Your Heater, Call Us Right Away!
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