Dialing up the thermostat is a natural and immediate response to the cold harsh winter weather. There are, however, multiple ways to stay warm during the winter — not just through super-heating. Instead, you can go for a few suggestions to keep you and your Cambridge home warm throughout the cold of the season.
Dress in Layers
Using layers of clothing correctly is the key to fighting off the cold. This is important when your daily routine requires you to move between 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. Shirts, sweaters, jackets, and coats are excellent choices for your top. For your bottom, you can go with something like flannel-lined pants. And don’t forget a hat, scarf, and socks! Securing the warmth of your head, neck, and feet can help get your entire body feeling warmer and more comfortable.
Winterize Your Home
Be alert about any chilly blasts of air you feel in your home. If you notice a few of these every now and then, it would be a good idea to check and seal the common areas where drafts and air leaks occur. Countless 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. These two are extremely helpful. If a draft creeps in beneath your doors, try blocking the entrance with rolled towel or blanket. 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, you should definitely schedule a professional to drop by and look at it. Taking good care of your furnace means giving it regular maintenance. The same holds true for the rest of your property. The older your heating system gets, the harder it will be for it to keep a consistent temperature. But, with regular furnace maintenance, you can keep your system running efficiently by changing filters regularly. This will even bring down your energy costs.
Use a Humidifier
If your area’s winter months are mainly cold and dry, a humidifier inside your home can help you stay warm. Dry air usually feels much colder than air with humidity. Cold, dry air also tends to leave your skin and hair feeling rough and dehydrated. A humidifier will help keep moisture in your air. While getting a whole-house humidifier is great, it’s not necessary. Simply getting a low-priced 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.
Warm your body up by simply moving around — look for something to do! Our first response to cold weather is to want to stay underneath our blankets. But, that isn’t going to help keep your body warm. If you want to stay warm, keep your body active. In so doing, you’re increasing your body’s temperature. Exercising not only keeps you warm — it helps you build muscle and improves your blood flow. But even activities like cleaning, playing an interactive game, or other types of movement can do the trick. Look for active routines to integrate into your daily routine to keep yourself warm throughout winter.
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