Baby, It's Cold Outside! Seven Ways to Stay Warm at Home

When the weather outside is frightful, there’s nothing better than staying warm at home. Here are seven ways to help you stay toasty indoors.

  1. Invest in a space heater

Space heaters are an efficient way to heat up the immediate space around you without wasting energy on unoccupied areas of your home. Note, however, that they are not efficient if they are being used to heat up more than two small spaces; gas furnaces cost 43 per cent the cost of electric space heaters to heat a whole home.

2. Get moving!

Exercise isn’t just good for your mental and physical health; it can also help you generate heat! Exercise increases your heart rate and helps pump more blood through your body, which increases your body temperature.

3. Bundle up

Dressing in layers is a practical and cost-effective way to get warm. It’s especially suitable when some people in your home run hot and others run cold. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t lose most of your body heat through your head. That said, if you’re already bundled up and still cold, putting on a toque would make you a little bit warmer. 

4. Take a bath

There are few better ways to relax – and warm up – than to take a warm bath. The effects only last when you’re in the water, though; getting out of the tub rapidly reduces your body temperature, triggering the release of melatonin (which is why a hot bath before bed may help you sleep better.)

5. Head upstairs

You can’t dispute science: hot air rises! Often times the higher you go in your home, the warmer the temperature. (That said, you may want to contact an HVAC specialist if you think your home may have a problem with heat distribution.)

6. Use the fireplace

Whether wood burning, gas, or electric, nothing warms quite like the glow of a fireplace. Don’t have a fireplace? Check out this list of the best yule log videos on the World Wide Web. They may not warm your body, but they could warm your soul!

7. Open your (oven) door

While using your oven to heat a room might not be a sensible idea, keeping the oven door open once you’ve shut it off is a smart way to warm up your immediate space – for free!

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