Tuesday, October 4, 2016

10 Ways To Stay Warm Without Turning Up The Thermostat

It is slowly getting cooler at the Lake of the Ozarks. Many of us are preparing for the season by bringing out long sleeve shirts and thinking about turning on the heater. Before the cold air sets in and we all start blasting the heater, Royal Heating & Air offers ten tips to help you stay a little warmer this season. 

1. Seal Up Cracks

The first step in fighting the cold weather is to make sure the warm air stays in and the cold out. Check for drafts near doors and windows and seal up if necessary. Caulk is a good way to seal up around the frame and weatherstripping underneath doors and windows. 

2. Close Blinds

Blinds have another purpose other than decoration and privacy. During the winter, close the blinds to trap warm air in and keep the cool air out. If kept closed, blinds can prevent drafts from making the room cool. However, if there is a nice sunny day, make sure to keep the blinds open and let the sun heat up the room - just remember to close them before it gets dark. 

3. Insulate Your Home

Insulation is pretty standard in today's homes. However, if your home is older, it is a good idea to check to make sure the insulation is still good. Over time, insulation will get packed down. When that happens, the insulation won't work as efficiently. Make sure your home is sealed up by making sure there is enough insulation.

4. Make It Humid

Humidity makes the air feel warmer, which is why we try to take the humidity out of the air during the summer. However, in the winter, we want to add humidity. While taking a shower, turn off the bathroom fan. Afterwards, leave the door open and let the humidity fill up the house. However, a professional HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks can add a humidifier to your home. 

5. Get Cooking

Cooking and baking are great ways to get the house nice and warm, plus it will smell good too! In the summer, it is best to do as much cooking outside as possible to keep the house cool. During the winter, do as much cooking and baking inside to get your home nice and toasty. 

6. Eat Warm Meals

There is nothing better than sitting down to a warm meal after a cold day. Just like you want to cool yourself down in the summer with ice water, in the winter, the best way to warm up is by eating hot food or drinking hot beverages. Hot cocoa or warm soup is the perfect way to get warmed up after a cold day.  

7.  Get Moving

Moving is the best way to stay warm. Do something active like clean the house or exercise. As long as your moving, your body temperature will raise. If you are into yoga, there are certain positions that are designed to raise your body temperature.

8. Put Down Rugs

If you have hardwood, tile or laminate flooring, having rugs can help you stay warm without blasting the heater. Rugs can help prevent cold air from slipping through the floorboards of hardwood. Plus, they are usually warmer to walk on than tile or hardwood.  

9. Reverse Ceiling Fan Direction

Ceiling fans going counter clockwise pushes air down and creates a draft. However, in the winter, they can also help make your home feel warmer. When the ceiling fan goes counter clockwise, it will push the cool air up and mix with the rising heat. Once the air mixes, it will spread out and down making the room feel warmer. 

10. Flip For Flannel

In the summer, you want to sleep with breathable cotton sheets. However, in the winter months, flannel sheets are the best way to go. Just like you would wear flannel while outside in the winter. Flannel sheets are great for trapping heat while you're sleeping. 

Keep Warm With Royal Heating & Air

Hopefully, with these tips, you can stay warm this season without blasting the heater. Not only can these tricks help keep you warm, they can also help ensure that your furnace gets a break. Constantly running your HVAC system may shorten its lifespan and may require more maintenance. However, if you allow your furnace to take some breaks, it could last longer. If you do need maintenance done on your unit, call Lake of the Ozarks' best HVAC repair company at  573-480-4313. 

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