Depending on where you live, winter is brutal. In some areas of the countries temperatures routinely drop below zero with wind chills below -20 Fahrenheit… for several weeks. Even if your hometown doesn’t get that cold it is difficult to stay warm during the cold winter months. Most of us (especially those who live in cooler areas) have heating systems to help us keep our homes a comfortable average temperature but others aren’t that lucky. Those who do have heating know that if the temperatures drop a lot you can quickly build up a huge bill from cranking up the heat. Here is what you need to know about how to keep warm during the cold months, whether you have heating and no matter if you are inside or outside.
When talking about how to keep warm, most people will tell you to always wear layers. This way you will be able to stay warm but if you get overheated, you don’t have to completely change your clothing; you simply have to take off a layer. Layers are essential if you plan on going for a walk outside or even just playing in the snow as not only will they help you keep up your average temperature but they will also keep you dry.
If you are in a very cold environment, start with long underwear, tights of something similar below your pants to keep them warm. Don’t forget to opt for a lightweight shirt and put a heavier sweater on top (wool is ideal for winter). Jeans are the best option as they are fairly warm. If you are going outside in the snow, you should add a waterproof layer as the snow will get your clothes wet and this can make you wet and cold. If you have to face temperatures below zero, always wear a hat, scarf and gloves. Remember that most of your heat leaves through your head so if you skip the hat, your entire body will get cold.
Insulate Your Home
If you want to keep your heating costs down this winter, you should do everything you can to lower your use of the thermostat. The best way to keep your home warm without using your heating is to make sure it is well insulated. If you are lucky enough to design your own home, make sure there is insulation in the walls. No matter what type of house you have, as winter approaches check the seals on your windows and doors. You don't want any gaps as this can lead to cold drafts that make it impossible to heat up your home.
Not everyone realizes it but what you eat plays a big role in how well your body is able to regulate your average temperature. That is why when you ask an expert how to keep warm they will talk to you about your diet. The obvious decision is to opt for warm meals such as soups, chilis, stews and hot drinks. Spicy food is also a great idea (which surprises some people as it is ideal for warm weather too) as it will make you feel warm. If you will be outside for a length of time in cold weather, you need to plan your meals even more carefully. Be sure to include foods with a lot of protein, fat and calories because these will keep your average temperature around normal.
A great way to save money on your heating bills this winter is to use your fireplace (if you have one). If you plan on doing this, however, be sure to clean both the fireplace and chimney before winter as a clog in the chimney can cause smoke to build up in your home. You should also start preparing a wood pile so you don’t run out of firewood. While this will keep you warm and save money on heating bills, it isn’t generally considered the most efficient (or environmentally friendly) method so if your number one priority is the earth, opt for different methods.
If you have a large home, you know it is expensive to heat up the entire thing. That is why one of the best tips for how to keep warm during the winter is to use a space heater. This will use less energy than your entire heating system and if you only need to heat a single room in your home, it is very efficient. Just remember to bundle up when you go into the unheated rooms in your home.
Candles are one of the methods that don’t seem to do much, but can actually help a reasonable amount. That is because if you light a fair number of candles, each of the flames will generate heat, making the average temperature in the room much more comfortable. You can also do other things to keep your home’s average temperature up, such as cooking at home as much as possible as both the stove and oven will give off extra heat.
Let In The Light
If you ask an expert, one of their best tips for how to keep warm during the winter is letting the light in your home. That is because sunlight is free and will heat up your rooms as well as anything in its path, whether that’s you or a piece of furniture you want to sit on. To do this, simply open your curtains and blinds during the day and let in the light. Just remember to close them at night as the curtains and drapes will give extra insulation against the cold and drafts.
The coldest time of the day is always at night and during the winter when it’s cold during the day that means it can reach temperatures below freezing at night. If you want to avoid turning up your heat it is important to select the right bedding. Opt for thick comforters with at least several blankets underneath. Certain materials will keep you warmer than others so pay attention to what you buy. If you get very cold, consider an electric blanket but always be careful with these as there are safety concerns with leaving them on all night.