When winter temperatures get really frigid, it can feel like it’s impossible to stay warm—even when you’re inside! I’ve been wearing slippers around the house for weeks now, because my toes are always ice cold! But my fuzzy slippers can only do so much, so I’ve been looking for additional ways to stay warm this winter. (Specifically, I’ve been looking for methods that don’t involve cranking up my thermostat and sending my energy bill through the roof.)
Because I know I’m not the only one who’s trying to keep warm, I thought I’d share some of those tips with you today! Hopefully you can use one or more of these tips to cuddle up until spring comes along to thaw us all out. :-)
10 Tips For Staying Warm This Winter
1. Layer With Thermals
Invest in a couple of high-quality thermal pieces to wear underneath your clothes. A good thermal shirt and a pair of thermal leggings will keep you nice and warm all winter long!
2. Double Your Drapes
Adding another layer of curtains to your windows can make a big difference in terms of keeping the cold out. Especially if one of those layers is a blackout curtain—they’re much thicker than standard curtains and provide better insulation.
3. Bubble Wrap Your Windows
Poorly insulated windows are a major culprit for heat loss. But you don’t need to spend a fortune on new windows to stay warm! As strange as it sounds, adding a layer of bubble wrap to your window panes as an insulating layer can work wonders. Learn how to do it at the link below!
4. Flip Your Fan Switch
Ceiling fans are generally set to turn clockwise, to push cold air down to help cool off the room. But during the wintertime, it’s more helpful to have your fans turning counterclockwise, to pull cold air towards the ceiling and push the warm air down into the room. Look for a switch on the side of your fan to change the direction!
5. Do Some Detective Work
Cold drafts may be coming from your doors and windows, and even your electrical outlets and light switches! An easy way to check for draughts is to light a stick of incense and carry it as you walk around the house. Take note of when the smoke appears to be blowing in a certain direction, which can be evidence of a draft.
Another option is to get an energy audit from your utility company. (Many companies offer these for free, so it’s worth looking into!) They can tell you where you’re losing the most heat and how to prevent it.
6. Warm Up Your Bed
Use an old-school hot water bottle to warm up your bed at night. Just fill the bottle with hot water, and toss it under your covers about 15 minutes before you’re ready to go to sleep. You’ll crawl into a toasty warm bed, and you might even forget it’s winter out there! ;-)
7. Choose The Right Space For Space Heaters
A small space heater can be a great way to keep your bedroom or home office warm! However, a small space heater probably won’t make much of an impact in a larger room, especially one with tall ceilings. Don’t waste money on running a space heater that isn’t helping you stay warm!
8. Keep Toes And Fingers Warm
If you’re the type of person who always has cold fingers and toes in cold weather, try out my homemade “warming salve!” It’s made with all-natural ingredients, and it’s a quick and effective way to keep warm. If your fingers and toes are warm, chances are your whole body will feel warmer! Learn how to make my warming salve at the link below.
9. Check Your Blankets
Check out the “fill power” of your duvets and comforters. Fill power refers to the insulating power of your blankets, so it’s a good indicator of how warm a blanket will keep you during the winter. A number between 550 and 800 is ideal for cold temperatures!
10. Cozy Up With Wool And Cashmere
Wool and cashmere blankets, sweaters, and other items are great for staying warm. The fibers in wool and cashmere are crimped, which creates small air pockets that lock in heat. Even a small amount of wool in a blanket can provide more warmth than something purely synthetic. This blanket pictured here is 15% wool, and it’s one of my favorite blankets for cozying up!