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. Keep yourself updated with a few life hacks to keep you and your Burlingame rental home warm and cozy all year round!
Dress in Layers
To fight off the cold, you have to learn how to use layers of clothing correctly. When most of your week is spent moving between indoors to outdoors, you’ll want to do exactly this. 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 all good options for the top, while flannel-lined pants can be used for when you go out. And don’t forget a hat, scarf, and socks! These can keep your head, neck, and feet warm, leading to the rest of your body feeling warmer and more comfortable.
Winterize Your Home
Chilly blasts of air inside your house? It’s time to check and seal those common areas where drafts and air leaks are likely to happen. 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 can serve you very well. If a draft enters beneath your doors, try putting a rolled towel or blanket there 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, it might be a good time to schedule a professional to come and check it out. Regular maintenance is something that, much like the rest of your house, your furnace needs in order to stay in top shape. The older your heating system gets, the harder it will be for it to keep a consistent temperature. One way you can avoid early wear and tear is through regular furnace maintenance by changing filters. This will keep your energy costs down, as well as keep your system running efficiently.
Use a Humidifier
If your area’s winter months are normally cold and dry, including a humidifier in your home can help you stay warm while inside. Dry air tends to feel much colder than air with humidity. Cold, dry air also tends to leave your skin and hair feeling rough and dehydrated. To keep your air moist, use a humidifier. While a whole-house humidifier is an excellent choice, but you can opt for the smaller ones, too. Simply getting an affordable 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! It’s normal for us to not want to leave our beds during the cold season and to stay cozy under our soft blankets. But, that isn’t going to help keep your body warm. When you keep your body active, you’re essentially keeping yourself warmer by increasing your body temperature. When you maintain an exercise routine, you’re not only keeping yourself warm — you’re helping your body build muscle and improving your blood flow. But even activities like cleaning, playing an interactive game, or other types of movement can do the trick. Integrate an active lifestyle into your daily routine so that you can stay warm all throughout winter.
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