The automatic response to cold weather is turning up the thermostat. Nonetheless, super-heating shouldn’t be your only choice to stay warm during the winter. Here are a few tips to keep you and your Berwyn home warm throughout the frigid winters.
Dress in Layers
To stave off the cold, use layers of clothing. This is important when your daily routine requires you to move between indoors and outdoors. To keep yourself warm but not overheated while indoors, start with a light layer of wicking fabric first. Then, add layers until you are warm and comfortable. Shirts, sweaters, jackets, and coats are excellent choices for your top. For your bottom, you can go with something like flannel-lined pants. And don’t forget a hat, scarf, and socks! Once your head, neck, and feet are warm, the rest of your body will also feel warmer and more comfortable.
Winterize Your Home
If there are chilly blasts of air inside your house every now and then, it would be a good idea to check and seal the more common areas where drafts and air leaks occur. Most air leaks come from gaps around doors and windows. Try adding some caulking around the frame or replace the weather-stripping around the door frame. These two can serve you very well. If a draft enters beneath your doors, try putting a rolled towel or blanket there to block it. Thermal curtains, soft rugs, and other fabrics can also help alleviate cold spots and keep your home warmer.
If it’s been a while since your furnace had a check-up, it might be a good time to schedule a professional to come and check it out. Your furnace, much like the rest of your property, needs regular maintenance. The older your heating system gets, the harder it will be for it to keep a consistent temperature. Bring your energy costs down by giving your furnace system regular maintenance. The regular change in filters will lead to a longer-lasting and better-performing furnace.
Use a Humidifier
If your area’s winter months are mainly cold and dry, a humidifier inside your home can help you stay warm. Dry air feels much colder than air with humidity. Cold, dry air also tends to leave your skin and hair feeling rough and dehydrated. Bring back some moisture to your air with a humidifier. While getting a whole-house humidifier is great, it’s not necessary. Simply getting an affordable humidifier for frequently used rooms or even boiling a pot of water on the stove can help make the air in your home feel warmer and more comfortable.
Move around to bring some warmth to your body. Usually, the cold makes us want to hit the snack and sleep under sheets of blankets. Sadly, this isn’t exactly a good way of keeping warm. An active body is one that has increased body temperature, which makes it warmer too. Exercising not only keeps you warm — it helps you build muscle and improves your blood flow. But even activities like cleaning, playing an interactive game, or other types of movement can do the trick. Integrate an active lifestyle into your daily routine so that you can stay warm all throughout winter.
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