As the seasons change, the evening chills can turn into frightfully cold weather. You must take the correct measures to ensure that you’re staying warm even in the most extreme cold weather.
Whether you live in a house that just gets chilly at night or you live somewhere more remote that deals with more extreme weather, you need to know how to keep yourself and your home warm and insulated not just for comfort’s sake, but also for your own health and well being.
Wrap up warm
One of the easiest ways to stay warm in the colder seasons is to be smart about the clothes you wear.
While we all tend to jump for large, thick, fluffy coats when we get goosebumps, research shows that thinner layers of clothing are actually going to keep you far warmer. This is because the small pockets of air between each layer of clothing will hold your body heat and warm you through your own body heat, so the more layers the better!
The best system of keeping yourself toasty in freezing temperatures is to be intentional about the different layers you cover yourself with.
Start off with an under layer to be directly against your skin such as thermals or long underwear or consider heated, battery-operated clothing such as the ones designed and produced by CozyWinters if you are concerned about finding an under layer suitable enough to keep you warm.
Then on top of that choose a layer to retain your body heat.
Wool is the best material as it can keep you warm even when wet. although lined leather and down can also complete the job.
This particular layer can break the bank a little, but thrift, charity, and vintage shops often sell similar insulating clothing, for much cheaper than standard retailers if that is a concern of yours.
Then on the top layer wear a waterproof layer that can protect you not only from the wind but also any rain or snow that you might be dealing with too.
If water can penetrate through the outer layer and your clothes become damp, it will be harder for you to retain your body heat, and you might struggle with the temperature even more.
Don’t forget to protect your extremities too!
Cover your hands with thickly lined gloves and, if you’re going to be in the snow, consider getting some that are waterproof.
Wrap your neck in a thick scarf that covers your mouth so your breath can warm your face and invest in a hat that can cover your ears.
Make sure to wear warm socks and boots that are waterproof and go above your ankles if you are going to be dealing with thick snowfall – the last thing you want is snow stinging your toes.
Making a warm haven of your home
If you have the resources, the best thing you can do for yourself at home is to heat it. Keeping the heating on is the best way to prevent the cold from seeping in, and to stay comfortable, no matter the conditions of the weather outside.
The perfect temperature for your home is 68-72 degrees depending on your preference. By keeping this temperature consistent, you will ensure that not even nightfall will leave you shivering.
Keep all windows and vents in your house shut. If you live in an area that deals with extreme cold weather every year, then maybe invest in some heavy, thick drapes that could help insulate your home.
Tuck, these behind any radiators, couches, and chairs to prevent drafts. It may be only a little thing, but you’ll be surprised at the difference it can make!
Insulation is the best prevention
Preparation is often the best way to prevent getting too cold in the cooler months.
Make sure your home is as insulated as possible.
If your home is rather large, or you’re worried about the heating bills, then you should consider basing yourself in a small area of your house. This will be more cost-effective to heat.
Keeping out the cool at night
The coldest temperatures you’ll experience occur just before dawn, so keeping yourself warm at night is essential.
Yet again, light layers are the best route, so opt for thermal underwear, thick socks you can tuck into your trousers, and even a hat to keep your ears warm if needed.
If the clothing alone just isn’t cutting it, then you could also invest in a heated electric blanket or a hot water bottle – but never have both in the bed at the same time!
Chow down and stay warm in the process
One of the heartiest (and most delicious) ways to keep warm is to be intentional about what you eat.
Chunky soups, stews, and casseroles are the perfect type of dishes to cook up. For not only are they chock-full of nourishing meats and vegetables, but they can be cooked in large quantities through batch cooking. This is great if you’re cooking not just for yourself.
If for whatever reason you are struggling to cook due to a lack of electric in a snowstorm, then look at investing before the terrible weather conditions, in a gas grill so that you can still cook and heat your food.
All in all
Stay warm with light layers, hearty food, and a home that is well heated and insulated at every turn.
If you maintain your body temperature and provide your body the sustenance and warm surroundings that it so desperately needs, particularly in the colder seasons, the weather outside doesn’t have to be so devastating.
If you ever need a hand or have a question, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,