Thanks to the joys of modern technology, central heating is a convenience that many of us in the 21st century never had to go without. As the wintry weather drags on, many people will be inclined to crank up the thermostat to stay warm. But during the harsh winter months, people don’t realize that there are several ways to remain comfortable in their homes without immediately flipping a switch for the gratification of instant heat. Here are three ways to stay warm without turning up the thermostat:
Never underestimate the power of more clothes. Though wearing multiple layers of clothing can be uncomfortable, the layers don’t need to be bulky. Instead of heavy layers, wear several thin layers to insulate yourself better. For the best results, wear a primary layer of long underwear and thick socks to keep the body from losing heat through conduction. Top it off with an external wind and waterproof but breathable layer to guard against heat loss through convection.
Eat Warm Meals
What better way to stay warm than by making and eating delicious food? Settling down with a steaming bowl of soup or chili is a great way to warm yourself and satisfy your stomach at the same time. Preparing food on the stovetop or in the oven also creates warmth in the kitchen, which increases the heat inside your entire home.
Use a Window Winterizing Kit
Keeping hot air inside and cold air outside is the key to creating a insulated home. If your house doesn’t have storm windows, consider buying a window winterizing kit to make temporary storm windows. Readily available at any hardware store, these plastic sheets are taped to the inside of a window to seal out the drafts and keep your home as toasty as possible.