Winter time is my favorite time of year. Not only is it the holiday season and people are so nice and friendly, but it’s cold outside and I love it! The run-up to Christmas is filled with decorations, cozy nights wrapped up in blankets, hot chocolates, and comfy pajamas. Long winter walks in the fresh air, as the leaves crunch under your feet helps to boost your energy levels and give you plenty to look at. The season, in general, can be quite a magical time. But, only if you keep warm. Although I like being cold, I have to draw the line somewhere. I tried to hold out for as long as I could before I turned on the heat, but here’s nothing worse than being uncomfortable in your own home because it’s cold.
Here are some easy ways that you can keep toasty warm this winter.
Turn Up the Heat
Of course, when you are at home your first line of defense from the cold is your central heating system. It’s worth giving it a test run now before it gets too cold, and getting your boilers serviced if you need it. My parents never test it and guess what happens every year, when they’re ready to turn on the heat, it doesn’t work.
You might be worried about the costs of having your heating on more. A smart meter can help you to manage these, and many people find that actually having their heating on more, at a slightly lower temperature, costs less than turning it up higher for a few hours, and keeps their home warmer longer.
Look After Your Home
Heating is excellent, but if your roof is damaged, your windows and doors aren’t sealed properly, or your home is poorly insulated, it won’t be able to work as well as it should. Contact a local roofing company if repairs are needed, and look into insulation if your home isn’t already fully protected. Even smaller measures, like closing your curtains as soon as the sun goes down and adding draught excluders to your doors can make a noticeable difference.
I am not a sock person, but I make an exception during the colder months. Keeping your feet warm can make you so much more comfortable. At home, wear slippers or thick socks with grips, they make a difference.
Little candles might not give off a massive amount of heat, but they do improve the atmosphere and ambiance of your home. Turn your main lights off, light candles, put on Hallmark Christmas movies, and get cozy with a hot chocolate. It’s the best way to enjoy the colder weather.
Smaller spaces heat up faster and hold the heat in for longer. So, make your home smaller by closing all of the internal doors and staying in one room.
Invest in a Good Hat
Just like your home and its roof, most of your body heat escapes through the top of your head. Avoid this by wearing a hat when you’re outdoors. Get one that covers your ears and as much of your neck as possible.
Wear Lots of Light Layers
Instead of one thick layer, wrap up with thin layers. Add a vest and light t-shirt under a jumper, then add a scarf and coat on top. These thin layers trap heat better and are easier to remove if you get too hot.
I’d love to know how you guys are staying warm this winter!