Staying warm during the winter months is a challenge for most people, especially when temperatures drop drastically. Most people simply turn on the heater or burn wood in the fireplace, but it those options are unavailable, or if they don’t provide sufficient heat, don’t despair. There are many alternative ways to enhance the warmth inside your home, and here are a few tips for you to try this season…
- Place a thick area rug in your living room to create additional insulation and keep your feet warm when walking around. You will notice the most dramatic difference if you have wood floors because they get cold easily and tend to stay that way longer.
- Seal any leaks or cracks in your house that allow cold air to come inside. For an added barrier against cold air, shut your windows and doors.
- Open the curtains during the day to allow sunlight to come in. You would be surprised by how much warmth sunlight can produce, and it also helps maintain the warmth generated by your heater, which means it can run less frequently.
- Move around to keep your blood flowing and your body warm. It doesn’t have to be anything intense; you can vacuum or dust, for example, which keeps you warm and the house clean!
- Cook more often. Your oven and stove (and the dishwasher afterward) generate heat and will warm up the place in no time. Do not, however, rely on your appliances as a main heating source, as that could result in a fire or gas hazard.
- Light candles. Even if they’re small, they give off heat, so light a few candles when you’re going to be spending time in any given area of your house.
- Cuddle up with your loved ones!