With energy prices rising and temperatures falling, thoughts are turning to this coming winter and ways to stay warm. If you’re worried about how you’re going to cope, you’ve come to the right place. This article will talk you through 5 easy ways to stay warm this winter, so keep reading to find out more.
- Layer up
Everyone knows that when it’s winter and we need to go outside we need to dress in layers to keep warm. We make sure we leave with an extra jacket, a coat and some mittens to keep us snug. However, most of us never think of doing this when inside. Instead of heading straight to the thermostat, pick the cheaper option. Throw on some thick socks, a dressing gown and a blanket or two and you’ll soon feel warmer.
- Consume warm food and drink
Eating warm food and drinking hot drinks will warm your body from the outside. The principle is similar to the one above and one that we all know but seem to forget. Remember when you were little, and your parents gave you bowls of soup or hot chocolate to keep you toasty when it started snowing?
- Make use of your oven
If you’re lucky enough to have an oven, make use of it. During the winter, it’s a good idea to use your oven to make meals because it will heat up the kitchen when you’re using it. Not only this, but you’ll make the room smell nice and have provided yourself with a hearty, warm meal to keep you from getting too cold (see above).
- Consider insulation
If your crawl space is humid, your home will be as well. Humidity makes your home feel colder during the winter and warmer during the summer. Turning up the heat or air conditioning leads to higher energy costs. Crawl space waterproofing along with a dehumidifier keeps the crawl space dry and that means the air flowing up into your home due to the stack effect will also be dry.
This is a bit more of an investment than any of the previous points, but an important one, nonetheless. If you’re finding that you’re constantly cold when indoors and seem to be spending a fortune on heating, you might need to get your home properly insulated.
You might close your windows and doors when you’re cold to keep the cold out and allow the warmth to spread indoors. However, if they don’t seal properly or aren’t retaining heat in the right way, we’d recommend getting in contact with insulation installers and seeing how they can help you.
- Reverse your ceiling fan
In the same way that you’d use a ceiling fan to circulate air and cool you off in the summer, you can also use your ceiling fan to warm you up. Normally a fan works by forcing air down and pushing it against lower and cooler air. If you reverse the direction of your ceiling fan, you’ll achieve the opposite effect. Although this doesn’t actually change the temperature of your home, it makes your home feel warmer due to the cooler air being pulled upwards.
There are tons of inexpensive and simple ways to keep yourself warm in the winter if you know where to look. Even as energy bills rise, you don’t have to resign yourself to going cold.