12 Toasty Tips For Staying Warm In Cold Weather

Using these tips, you can stay warm no matter how frightful the weather outside gets.

  1. Bundle Up - It's easier to change your body temperature than room temperature, not to mention more eco-friendly. Instead of turning up the heat, put on another layer of clothing.
  2. Wear a hat - You actually lose 80 percent of your body heat through your head so put on your hat, even if you’re inside.
  3. Turn on a ceiling fan - Warm air rises to the ceiling so run your fan on the lowest setting in a clockwise direction to push the warm air back down.
  4. Switch between hot and cold water in the shower - Hot showers immediately warm you up, but cold showers improve blood circulation and correlate with a stronger immune system.
  5. Block drafts with a pool noodle - Keep heat in and cold out by cutting a pool noodle in half lengthwise, wrapping it in fabric, and slide it under your door.
  6. Programmable thermostat - Stay toasty on a schedule so you never go home to a room colder than outside.
  7. Trick a locked thermostat - If you don’t have access to your apartment or office thermostat, outsmart the device by putting ice near it to make it “think” the room is colder than it actually is.
  8. Dress your windows up in warmer clothes - Replace your thin curtains with heavier wool or fleece drapes in the winter.
  9. Go ahead, bake all day - Using your oven can heat up the whole house.
  10. Start composting - The breakdown of organic material produces heat.
  11. Layer your covers with the thinnest, densest ones on top - Put your heavier blankets closer to your skin and top with thin blankets to prevent convective heat loss.
  12. Stuff your coat pockets with DIY hand warmers - You could buy or make hand warmers (2 Ziploc bags, water, and calcium chloride ice melt pellets from the hardware store).


* Courtesy of http://mentalfloss.com