Normally, when we start to feel the weather going cold, we turn up the thermostat. You don’t always need to resort to super-heating, though, to keep your house warm during winter. Follow through with these simple but effective methods to keeping you and your Summerville home warm throughout
Dress in Layers
To stave off the cold, use layers of clothing. Significantly so when you’re going to be moving to and from 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. A few things you can consider for your top are shirts, sweaters, jackets, and coats; flannel-lined pants are great for bottoms! And don’t forget a hat, scarf, and socks! These can keep your head, neck, and feet warm, leading to the rest of your body feeling warmer and more comfortable.
Winterize Your Home
Chilly blasts of air inside your house? It’s time to check and seal those common areas where drafts and air leaks are likely to happen. Several 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. Using these will really do the trick. If a draft finds its way in beneath your doors, try using a rolled towel or blanket 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 household needs to be kept in shape. In the same manner, your furnace needs regular maintenance to keep it running efficiently. In time, your heating system will display signs of aging and will work harder to keep a consistent temperature. One way you can avoid early wear and tear is through regular furnace maintenance by changing filters. This will keep your energy costs down, as well as keep your system running efficiently.
Use a Humidifier
If your area’s winter months are generally cold and dry, providing your home with a humidifier can help you stay warm while inside. Dry air tends to feel much colder than air with humidity. Cold, dry air also tends to leave your skin and hair feeling rough and dehydrated. To keep your air moist, use a humidifier. A whole-house humidifier is nice, but it’s not a must. 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.
When you move around, you are warming your body up. It’s natural for us to want to tuck ourselves under blankets when it’s cold. However, that isn’t the best way to stay warm. An active body is one that has increased body temperature, which makes it warmer too. Regularly exercising will keep you warm and healthy because it helps build muscle and improves 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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