10 Ways to Stay Warm at Home Without Blasting the Heat
Unfortunately, you can’t prevent winter from coming. But you can prevent yourself from freezing during colder months. And it doesn’t have to cost you a pretty penny.
For this article Bright Side collected tips that will help keep your toes toasty. Stay till the end for a bonus tip on how to keep some gentle parts of your body warm at all times too.
1. Tin foil insulation
If you have a radiator attached to the wall, place a sheet of tin foil behind the radiator. It will reflect the heat away from the wall and will direct it into the room, meaning the room will warm up faster and will stay warm longer.
2. Fireplace plug
Having a fireplace is a great way to warm up your space, but it can be very tricky. Heat goes up and it can escape from your house through the chimney. To prevent that and lower your bill, you can get an inflatable fireplace plug that will stop the air from leaving.
3. Change the sheets.
Oh, the wonderful feeling of getting in a warm bed! But in the colder months your bed might not be as warm as you want it to be, because of the sheets. Get yourself a flannel sheet set, it’s thicker and warmer. It’s just what you need for winter.
4. Let the sunshine in.
By opening curtains in the morning, when the sun rises, you will let the warm sunlight in. It will help warm up the room. Close the curtains when the sun goes down, so the warmth doesn’t escape through the windows.
5. Cozy up.
Rugs and carpets don’t just look nice — in the colder months they can help warm up your place. A rug can act as insulation and will help keep your toes toasty.
6. Let there be candles...
Like rugs, candles don’t just serve an aesthetical purpose. A lit candle is another source that can distribute warmth in the house and give it a cozy ambience. Just what you need when it’s cold outside.
Cold air can come in through windows and doors if they are not properly sealed. And there are a lot of sealing options for you to choose from. You can use a special tape for the windows or you can spray water on the window and cover it with bubble wrap. It will act as a protective layer and won’t let the cold air in.
8. Eat warm food and drink hot beverages.
It’s a well known trick, if you feel chilly to get yourself a cup of tea or hot chocolate. Any kind of hot beverage will do, as well as hot soups or your other favorite warm food.
9. Cook in the oven.
Cold months call for warm, hearty food. It’s a really good idea to start baking. Not only will it make you feel warmer, as we mentioned in the previous point, it can warm your place too. Leave the oven open after you’re finished cooking and kill 2 birds with one stone.
10. Invite friends over.
Having a little gathering can help you boost your mood if you’re feeling a little bit under the weather. It can also help you warm up the space with everyone being in one room. The more the merrier. And the warmer.
Bonus: An additional layer works not only with floors...
We hope you’re staying warm wherever you are. Let us know what your favorite thing to do is on a cold day!