Five Ways to Stay Cozy this Winter

A blue humidifier vents steam out the top. It is resting on a white table with a tropical house plant behind it. Photo by Abby Berry, NRECA

Baby, it’s cold outside! When you’re feeling chilly at home, there are several budget-friendly ways to stay comfortable without turning up the thermostat. Here are five easy ways:

  1. Whether you’re experiencing extremely cold winter temperatures or you simply “run cold,” an electric blanket can deliver quick warmth in a way a regular throw or blanket cannot. Electric blankets can include a variety of features, such as timers and dual temperature settings, if your cuddle buddy prefers less heat. This winter, consider an electric blanket instead of turning up the heat and your energy bill will thank you. Make sure you keep safety in mind while using an electric blanket.
  2. One of the easiest ways to stay cozy at home is to keep your feet warm. Our feet play a critical role in regulating body temperature. When your feet are warm, your body automatically feels warmer. Try a pair of comfortable wool socks or house slippers to stay toasty. 
  3. On winter days when the sun is shining, take advantage and harness natural warmth from sunlight. Open curtains, drapes and blinds on windows facing the sun. You will be able to feel the difference. Remember to close them at night to keep warm inside.
  4. Another way to make your home cozier is to use a humidifier. Cold air doesn’t hold water vapor. like warm air. By adding humidity inside your home, you can feel a little warmer. A favorable level of humidity inside your home can also help clear sinuses, soften skin and improve sleep.
  5. Beyond adding visual appeal to your home, area rugs provide extra insulation and a warm surface for your feet on cold winter days. Use large area rugs in rooms where you spend the most time. You will enjoy the new colors and textures of the rug, and the additional warmth will help keep your home comfortable.

These are just a few ways you can stay cozy this winter without turning up the thermostat. Don’t forget the hot chocolate.

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