top tips to stay warm this winter - June 2018

Alice Buchanan June 26, 2018 : 0

We're all feeling the cold this season with one of the wettest coldest winters in a long while. So we've trawled the internet for the 10 best tips to help keep you and your family warm this winter.

1. Warm yourself first.
It's easier to change your body temperature than room temperature, not to mention more eco-friendly. Instead of turning up the heat, put on another layer of clothing.

2. Wear a hat.
Your mom may have said that you lose 80 percent of your body heat through your head, but that's not actually true. If you're otherwise clothed, you'll lose heat from any surface that's exposed. So put on your hat, even if you're inside.

3. Switch between hot and cold water in the shower.
Hot showers immediately warm you up, but cold showers improve blood circulation between your skin and organs. Cold showers are also correlated with a stronger immune system.

4. Block drafts under the door with a door block
Keep heat in and cold out by blocking the draft under the door. There's numerous DIY options available (rolling up a towel would work) but we thought this one was cute. 


5. Dress your windows up in warmer clothes 
If you're all nice and warm your windows should be too. Replace thin curtains with thick lined curtains that cover the entire window right to beneath the sill. Curtains with a thermal lining can usually be found relatively inexpensively or you could line them your self with additional fabric if you're handy with a needle and thread. Don't forget to open them up in the day though for any winter sunlight.

6. Go ahead, cook all day!
Using your oven heats up the whole house. You'll feel even cozier if you invite friends and family, and all their body heat, over for a big cook up.

7.Layer your covers with the thinnest, densest ones on top 
Fluffy blankets should be closer to your skin. Thin, dense blankets should be on top to prevent convective heat loss. Bonus tip: Don't put your bed directly against an exterior wall. You'll be warmer if you leave a little space

8. Close off any unused rooms. 
The closed door makes that room another barrier between you and the frigid outdoors. It also stops air from circulating as much, which reduces heat loss.

9. Put down a rug or carpet over bare floors.
Rugs and carpets help prevent heat loss through the floor. They are generally warmer to the touch than wood or stone, and so offer a warmer surface to walk on.

10. Drink warm beverages.
Warm beverages will raise your core temperature. The process can be very relaxing and even stimulating. Make a cup of tea or coffee. Sip on some warm broth.

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