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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Staying Warm This Winter

If it’s below 80 degrees outside, I’m cold; needless to say, I’ve been cold since September.  My husband and I definitely have two different ideas of what is a comfortable temperature for our house.  His argument of you can always add more layers always wins, so most of the time I’m pretty bundled up in our house, especially if I’m sitting still at the computer.

Tips for staying warm at home:
  1. Prevent cold from coming into your home in the first place.  Patch up any drafty areas.  Check windows and doors to make sure they are nice and tight.  Keep the flue closed on your fire place when it’s not in use.  If you have hardwoods, consider adding a rug for floor warmth.
  2. Dress in layers.  Most long underwear is thin and lightweight and will easily go under jeans and a long-sleeve shirt.  I typically top that with a fleece jacket or a sweater.
  3. Wear socks, and not just any socks – choose a pair that’s thick and warm. 
  4. If you aren’t going out, wear pajamas.  I’m not kidding.  I have a pair of fleece pajamas, and when I pair them with long underwear and thick socks, I swear that’s when I’m finally not cold.
But what if you need to venture out?
  1. You’ve probably heard this dozens of times, but layer up.  Put a base layer on under your clothes, including bottoms.  So many people bulk up on the top and then leave their legs exposed by only wearing one layer.  If you are worried about looking the Michelin Man, visit your local sporting goods store.  There are all kinds of options out there that are thin and completely unnoticeable under every day garments.
  2. Choose warm socks, and if it is wet out, make sure your shoes are water-resistant.  Why?  Dry feet equal warm feet.
  3. The warmest jackets and coats are made of either down or wool, and if it is wet out, make sure your outermost layer is water-resistant.  Remember – wet equals cold.
  4. Cover all exposed areas.  That means wear a hat, keep your throat warm with a scarf, and wear gloves or mittens.
Most importantly, be cautious and prepared.  If the temperatures are dangerously low, don’t head out unless you absolutely have to, and if you do head out, make sure your car is stocked with blankets, a set of dry clothes, food, water, and a flashlight.  A Cleaner World would like for you to stay warm and safe this winter.

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