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Simple Tricks to Stay Warm This Winter

Simple Tricks to Stay Warm This Winter

Once winter rolls around, even the simplest of tasks seem more difficult. What was once a quick trip to the grocery store or uneventful commute to the office now involves putting on layers of clothing, warming up the car, and scraping snow and ice off the windshield – all while braving the cold.

Well, we have a few hacks to help you stay warm and keep your heating bills in check all winter long. Read on to learn more.

Park Facing the Sun

Harness the power of the sun and reduce windshield scraping by parking your car so the sun hits the windshield. The morning rays of the sun can melt away light frost and even warm up the interior of your car if you park facing east the night before. When you’re out and about during the day, park facing south to take advantage of the winter sun’s warming rays.

Stock Your Car with Cold Weather Essentials

Be prepared should you ever get stuck in a snowstorm by keeping a cold-weather survival kit in your car. Stock the kit with extra blankets, dry clothes, hats, mittens, bottled water, calorie-dense snacks, a flashlight, and air-activated heat packs.

Run Ceiling Fans in Reverse

Most ceiling fans have a switch that changes the direction of the blades’ rotation. In the summer, the blades should rotate counterclockwise to create a cooling draft. Come winter, flip the switch so the blades rotate in reverse – that is, clockwise, to pull cold air up and circulate warm air down the walls and toward the floor. This simple trick will allow you to lower your thermostat by a degree or two while staying just as warm.

Stay Hydrated

People who don’t drink enough water a day could feel the cold more acutely than those who do. A properly hydrated body is better able to deal with the cold, so  keep a bottle of water handy to sip on throughout the day. Add fresh fruit for a bit of flavor or enjoy a mug of hot herbal tea, cider, or clear broth.

Limit Alcohol

Although alcohol might feel warm going down, it drops your core body temperature, putting you at increased risk of hypothermia if you’re already cold. Alcohol also increases perspiration, which creates a layer of moisture next to your skin that further lowers your body temperature. Limit alcoholic beverages when you’re cold and enjoy some of the hydrating options we mentioned above instead.

Close Your Fireplace Flue

A crackling wood fire makes a room cozy and warm, but once the fire is out any warm air it generates drifts up and out of the flue. Be sure to close the flue after every fire to prevent heat loss and save on heating bills.

Switch to Heavy Curtains

Once heating season begins, swap your thin curtains for heavier drapes to add a layer of insulation between you and the cold. If you have drafty windows, this is also the time to seal any gaps and consider applying a window insulation kit to reduce heat loss and keep the cold out.

Let the Sun Shine In

Do, however, pull those heavy curtains back on sunny days to let the sun’s rays to warm up the room. Once the sun sets, pull them closed to keep the warmth in.

Block Door Drafts

Even the slightest draft can add a chill to a room. Make a draft stopper using an old towel or pool noodle or purchase an inexpensive one online or from your local home improvement.

Layer Bedding for Maximum Warmth

The order in which you make your bed can affect how warm you’ll feel at night.  Place lightweight, fluffy blankets over the sheets, followed by a dense, thick blanket on top. Dense blankets provide a more effective insulating thermal surface barrier, helping to keep the warmth in.

Make Heating Pads

Did you know that rice retains and radiates heat for up to an hour? Make your own heating pad by sewing two 8″ x 10″ pieces of flannel together on three sides, filling the bag with four cups of dry white rice, and sewing it shut. When you feel a chill, place a rice bag or two in the microwave for one to two minutes. Lay them on your shoulders, tuck them into your slippers, or slip a bag between your sheets for added warmth.

Make Hand Warmers

All you need to do is fill a snack-size zip-top bag with a half cup of ice-melt pellets and a half a cup of water. Seal the bag tightly and place it into another zip-tight bag for extra spill prevention. The chemical reaction of the ice-melt pellets (calcium carbonate) and water will produce heat for up to two hours.

One of the best ways to ensure you stay toasty warm all winter long is by having your heating system inspected and tuned up by the home comfort professionals at Correct Temp. With an annual inspection, you’ll enjoy fewer repairs, longer system lifespan, lower energy costs, improved performance, and added safety.

If it’s been a year or more since you’ve had this important service performed, contact Correct Temp today.

Simple Tricks to Stay Warm This Winter