When the weather turns very cold outside, your first response may be to dial up your thermostat. But in fact, super-heating your home isn’t the only way to stay warm during the winter. So instead, try these few easy, affordable tips to conserve heat and keep yourself and your Bozeman home feeling warm and cozy throughout the coldest part of the year.
Dress in Layers
To keep from feeling cold, it’s necessary to use layers of clothing correctly. This is absolutely true if you will be constantly on the move from the indoors to the outdoors (or vice versa) throughout the day. To keep yourself warm but not actually overheated while indoors, begin with a light layer of wicking fabric first. Eventually, add layers until you are warm and at ease. Shirts, sweaters, jackets, and coats are very good for your top half; for your bottom half, opt for flannel-lined pants if you’re heading out. And be sure to use a hat, scarf, and socks! Keeping your head, neck, and feet warm can help make the rest of you feel warmer and more comfortable, too.
Winterize Your Home
If you’re definitely feeling chilly blasts of air in your home that make you shiver, it’s a great idea to check and seal up the more common areas where drafts and air leaks occur. Most air leaks come from gaps around doors and windows. Apply some caulking around the frame or replace the weather-stripping around the door frame. Both of these can help a whole lot. On the off chance there’s a draft getting in beneath your doors, try placing a rolled towel or blanket there to halt it. Thermal curtains, soft rugs, and other fabrics can also help alleviate cold spots and keep your home warmer.
If it’s been quite a while since your furnace had a check-up, seriously consider scheduling a professional to come in and take a look at it. Very much like all systems in your home, your furnace needs regular maintenance to keep going efficiently. After some time, your heating system will start to show wear, and you will have to work harder to always keep a consistent temperature. But really, you can avoid this and minimize your energy costs, at the same time, by just having regular furnace maintenance and changing your filters when needed.
Use a Humidifier
If your area’s winter months are normally cold and dry, putting up a humidifier in your home can enable you to stay warm while inside. Dry air tends to feel much colder than air with humidity. Cold, dry air furthermore tends to keep your skin and hair feeling rough and dehydrated. To add some moisture back into the air, try using a humidifier. Granted that you could invest in a whole-house humidifier system, it’s not usually compulsory. By just using an inexpensive humidifier for commonly used rooms or even boiling a pot of water on the stove can be helpful to make the air in your home feel warmer and more comfortable.
The last point, nothing can warm you up faster than moving around. In the event that the weather gets cold, most of us aspire for long hours snuggling under piles of blankets. But really, that may not be the perfect approach to stay warm. Merely by staying active, you increase your body temperature, which can immensely help you feel warmer longer. Whatever type of exercise routines are always a healthy idea since they help you build muscle and improve blood flow. But even just doing simple actions like cleaning, playing an interactive game, or other types of movement can effectively do the trick. Do your best to include active things that you truly enjoy in your daily routine to keep yourself warm and healthy all winter long.
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