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Budget-Friendly Ways to Stay Warm in the Winter

PMI Golden State - Monday, September 23, 2019
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During the winter, turning up the heat not only wastes money, but it also puts you and your family’s health at risk. The dry air from your heater can irritate your skin and even cause issues with your respiratory system. Instead of relying on your heater all winter long, there are ways to keep cozy in winter without blowing your budget. 

Seal Everything

You don’t want any air from outside blowing into your home. A draft will quickly make you uncomfortable, even if you’re doing everything else right to keep warm. To keep the cold air outside, seal doors and windows. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends various ways to check for air leaks, including using smoke or a flashlight. 

Once your home is properly sealed, you can consider adding more insulation. Online calculators can help you estimate how much money the insulation will save you per year. 

Cook More

Instead of eating out or ordering in, cooking in the winter has a multitude of benefits. Firstly, you can use natural, healthy ingredients to make sure what’s going into your body is of the highest quality. Secondly, using your stove or oven will increase the temperature inside your home. That means your heater won’t need to work as hard when you’re actively cooking. Finally, eating hot foods like soup or drinking hot tea will increase your body temperature and keep you warmer.    

Bundle Up

It may sound simple, but many people sometimes don’t dress properly for the winter season. Even if you are indoors, you should wear a heavy sweater, warm pants, wool sock, and slippers. You don’t need to wear a coat and scarf, but you also shouldn’t wear a thin T-shirt and shorts and rely on your heater to do the heavy lifting. 

Reverse Ceiling Fans

During the summer, your fan pulls warm air up to help keep you warm. In the winter, flip the switch on your fan to help you stay warm. Instead of pulling warm air up, your fan will push warm air down. As a result, your home won’t need as much energy to keep things warm, saving as much as 10 percent on heating costs. Also, if you have fans running all winter, take the time to periodically clean the blades. Wiping away the accumulated dust and dirt will ward off potential health issues such as allergies, dry eyes, and dry skin. 

Top-Level Living

Due to the fact that hot air rises, the warmest part of your home is usually the top level. Instead of fighting physics, rearrange your home so you can spend the vast majority of your time in your home on that top-level during the winter. 

Consider lighting candles to use as your top level’s light source. Not only do they give out adequate light, but they can also help raise the temperature of the room. Additionally, consider running a humidifier. Humid air feels warmer, and the Mayo Clinic reports humidifiers can ease symptoms of respiratory conditions and help those suffering from asthma and allergies.

Heating Pads

Heating pads are a very efficient way of getting warm. Instead of heating up the whole room, you can apply heat directly to your body. While there are various kinds of heating pads, the two most economical options are electrical and microwavable. 

Electrical heating pads are plugged into an outlet, and you can typically control the temperature and even set a timer. Microwavable heating pads are more portable, but they stay hot for only a limited number of minutes, usually less than half an hour. 

So, the next time you are trying to warm up during a cold winter day, consider options other than cranking up your heater. Not only can you get cozy by other means, but you can also save money and stay healthy while doing so. 

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