If the weather starts to go cold, the typical thing to do is to turn the thermostat up. Nonetheless, super-heating shouldn’t be your only choice to stay warm during the winter. Try these simple steps to keep you and your Orland Park home warm and cozy throughout the coldest season of the year.
Dress in Layers
To fight off the cold, you have to learn how to use layers of clothing correctly. You should take note of this, especially when your day is made up of moving from indoors to 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. Some items you can consider for your top are shirts, sweaters, jackets, and coats; as for your bottom, flannel-lined pants will do. And don’t forget a hat, scarf, and socks! Make sure that your head, neck, and feet are warm, so that the rest of your body will follow, becoming warmer and more comfortable.
Winterize Your Home
Check for any chilly blasts of air in your home; these might be coming from the common areas where drafts and air leaks occur — if so, you might need to check and then seal these areas. Multiple 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. Both items can be very beneficial for you. If you notice a draft getting in beneath your doors, try making use of a rolled towel or blanket to block it. 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 might want to schedule a professional to come and look at it. Regular maintenance is something that, much like the rest of your house, your furnace needs in order to stay in top shape. As time passes, your heating system will become worn down and will have difficulty keeping a consistent temperature. Bring your energy costs down by giving your furnace system regular maintenance. The regular change in filters will lead to a longer-lasting and better-performing furnace.
Use a Humidifier
If your area’s winter months are mostly cold and dry, buying a humidifier for your home can help you stay warm while inside. Dry air feels much colder than air with humidity. Cold, dry air also tends to leave your skin and hair feeling rough and dehydrated. By using a humidifier, you can keep the moisture in the air inside your home. A whole-house humidifier is a great investment; but, you can go for the smaller ones, as well. Simply getting a cost-effective 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.
Move around to bring some warmth to your body. The first thing we think of during the cold is to stay in and underneath multiple layers of blankets. Sadly, this isn’t exactly a good way of keeping warm. When you keep your body active, you’re essentially keeping yourself warmer by increasing your body temperature. Through exercise, you can keep your body warm, build muscle, and improve blood flow. But even activities like cleaning, playing an interactive game, or other types of movement can do the trick. Merge an active lifestyle into your daily routine so that you can keep yourself warm despite the harsh cold of the winter season.
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