posted on Dec, 10 2017 @ 02:14 PM
As the weather dips I'd like to share my tips on staying warm. I live in a very cold climate where it is winter basically 6 months out of the year.
I am almost always cold, colder than the average person. Most of these tips are very cheap and will help reduce your electric/heating bills. These
are all just my opinion and a bit from my elderly Asian mother.
First of all keep your house humidity up. I find using a small humidifier works better than the whole house ones, and you can clean it better.
Humidity should be around 50%, your house will feel much much warmer if property humidified. don't overdo it or you could get mold.
Use those plastic window wraps, I know they can be ugly, but they are making them better and clearer than every before. I had friends that laughed
that we used them, and the very next month they were putting them up too. They make an astounding difference. Don't over do it as you do need some
air flow in your house. Try one window and feel the before and afterl I don't care what kind of window you have they will all benefit from the
plastic. I have one of the industry best insulated windows, and I still use the wrap! For doors use those draft blockers, and if you have a very
drafty door hang a curtain rod above the door and hand a quilt up there. They make a special silicone caulk that you can use outside your windows, or
anywhere that is drafty. There are two kinds, permanent and removeable. You want the removeable ones on the windows.
In winter don't have any cold floors exposed, use throw rugs everywhere. Wear socks at all times. It is very unhealthy to allow cold to travel into
the body from your feet. Some say this can cause infertility and other health problems.
Buy hot water bottles and fill them with hot water. You would not believe how warm these can keep you and for a long time. This coupled with a down
comforter and you could probably sleep with the heat almost turned off. I know down is very expensive, but it is one of those things that will pay for
itself ten times over. I've used down alternative and never felt it was as good. A good quality down blanket and two hot water bottle is all you
need, trust me on this! This can outdo any electic blanket hands down! The hot water bottles are super cheap and last a very long time. We don't use
covers on ours. One other tip for the bed. Put a comforter under your fitted sheet like a mattress pad. It has to be a comforter, I don't know why
but this reflects the warmth right back onto you unlike pads. In spring take it out.
You know what your mom said about layers, well she was right, but it has to be the right kind of layers. One of the warmest type of clothing is silk.
Silk is very expensive if you purchased it at an outdoor store etc, but you can find it for next to nothing on Ebay and other online sites. Wear silk
as a base layer and something breathable on top. Next to silk pure linen is also good. Speaking of clothing, I have three winter coats, a Michael
Kors wool coat, a North Face and a Walmart coat. I can say hands down the Walmart coat is the warmest. It isn't as pretty as the other two but it is
my go to for warmth. Remember we aren't talking high fashion, we are just talking warmth.
You have a lot of heat loss out of your head but I feel keeping your ankles and wrist warm will keep you warmer overall. Some Asians believe it is
healthier to let your head breathe in winter.
Eat warming foods. Yes there is such a thing as warming and cooling foods. In western society we tend to just eat whatever we want at any time. It is
better to eat traditonal winter foods, stews, things cooked slow and low with little water. No ice cream!! Root crops and meats. Basically eat like
our ancestors did and for the season.
I hope some of these tips helped! good luck and stay warm during the holidays!