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As I sit here typing this post I’m wrapped up in a blanket trying to stay warm. I live in a house that is 90 years old, so staying warm without paying a fortune for heating is very important. I’m sure we all know how to stay warm but there are so many things that you can do, without turning up the heat, to stay warm this winter.
15 Tips To Stay Warm In Your Home This Winter
1. Winterize Your Windows
One of the first things we did as the weather started getting cooler is to winterize our windows. Most of the windows in our home are original to the house so the seal was not that great. We chose to use Duck Brand Window Shrink Film but there are many other options available as well. It’s fairly easy to apply if you have someone to help you, just measure, cut, tape & apply and then aim your hairdryer to shrink the film. Easy peasy!
2. Use Heavy or Insulated Curtains
In my bedroom I have thick blackout curtains on all my windows. I mainly purchased these curtains because we often work weird shifts and need to sleep during the day. The fact that they help to insulate my bedroom and keep it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter is an added bonus. I really like these blackout curtains because they come in several different colors. They are available through Amazon. If you already have curtains that you love you can purchase a window liner to help insulate your windows.
3. Dress In Layers
When I was growing up if I complained about being cold my parents would always tell me to go put on another shirt so dressing in layers is something that I’m used to. If you come visit during the winter you will find me usually with at least 2 shirts on. It might be a camisole and a t-shirt or maybe even a sweatshirt on top of that.
4. Put Your Socks On
Have you ever noticed that when you don’t have socks on you tend to be cooler? Because our bodies prioritize the majority of blood flow to our organs our hands and feet tend to be cooler than other parts of our bodies. I have a pair of these Lavender Infused Socks with non skid bottoms. I love them because with hardwood floors, regular socks can be very slick an slippery at times! These socks not only keep my feet warm but they have non skid bottoms to keep me from landing on my bottom! If socks don’t keep your feet warm, how about trying a pair of microwaveable slippers. Yes, I said microwaveable slippers! Check them out.
5. Move That Body
By getting up and moving you cause your blood to circulate more which will keep you warmer. Not only will it warm you up but it will be good for your heart and body! If you want to keep track of your movements and steps each day check out the newest products from Fitbit. I love my Fitbit because it helps me track my steps and activity level during the day and tracks my sleep patterns at night.
6. Snuggle Up
What better excuse to cuddle up with your significant other, your children, or even your pet! Our Shih-Tzu often sleeps in the bed with my husband and I. Between the dog on one side of me and my husband on the other I feel like I have my own personal heaters in my bed! If my feet are cold at night I will stick them under where my dog is lying. The only problem is he doesn’t seem to like that and often moves away! If you want to stay extra warm this winter, order this heated blanket from Amazon to make your bed extra warm and cozy.
7. Block Out Any Drafts
Have you ever noticed how much air comes in along the bottom of your doors? You can easily roll a towel and place it along the bottom of your exterior doors. But if you are looking for something more pleasing to the eye there are many different draft guards that you can purchase, or even make your own. You can purchase a Twin Draft Guard for under $20 on Amazon. If you are a cat lover you can purchase a Cat Draft Stopper. Or if you’re looking for something not so eye catching you can always purchase a neutral draft guard such as this on in Slate Gray.
8. Shut The Door
I’m not talking about exterior doors….that’s pretty obvious. What I’m talking about is the doors INSIDE your home. Do you have rooms in your house that are not used very often or a door leading to a basement or second floor? Close those doors when not in use.
9. Get In The Kitchen
In the summer I tend to avoid cooking elaborate meals or using my oven a lot but in the winter you will often find me in the kitchen. Not only are you heating your food but the heat from the stove and oven radiate into the room and will heat up the kitchen. Something that I often do after baking is to crack my oven door open a bit after turning off the oven. This allows that residual heat to warm up your room. Be cautious about opening your oven if you have children in your house. An open oven door can lead to severe burns and injuries.
10. Eat Hot Foods
Soups, Stews, and Chili’s are often on the menu at my house in the winter. Skip the cold salads and sandwiches and opt instead for warmer foods. This Skinny Taco Soup is one of my family’s favorite soups to enjoy in the winter.
11. Heat Up a Hot Water Bottle
Most people do not even own a hot water bottle these days. But if you do happen to own one, fill it up and place it in your bed a few minutes before going to bed to warm up those sheets.
12. Microwaveable Heat Packs
Microwaveable heat packs are great for aches and pains but they are also great to keep you warm. These are great to use if you do not have a Hot Water Bottle. You can purchase many different types of microwaveable heat packs such as this one for less than $15.00. You can also make you’re own!
13. Set Your Ceiling Fan to Winter
Did you know your ceiling fan has one setting for winter and one for summer? To save money on heating costs, switch the direction of your ceiling fan so that it rotates clockwise in the winter. This causes the fan to pull the cooler air up and force the warmer air back down.
14. Open The Curtains In the Daytime
When the sun is shining open up those curtains. This allows the sun to shine in and heat the room. Just be sure to close those curtains before the sun goes down to keep the heat from escaping.
15. Use a Programmable Thermostat
There is no need to keep the heat turned up during the day when no one is home. Use a programmable thermostat which will lower the setting when everyone leaves and you can program it to turn back up 30 minutes before you normally come home. There are many different options available but the most high tech one are these thermostats from Nest. They can learn your family’s habits and adjust your temperature settings or you can adjust it via an app on your phone.