Due to popular demand, here are some more handy hints for keeping your home warmer in winter – saving on those costly heating bills. In case you missed it, you can read all the tips from Part I by simply clicking here.
Snug as a Bug
To keep you warmer, it’s time to bring out the fleece or flannelette sheets for your winter bedding. Fleece sheets are one of the warmest options you can choose in winter. They are soft, designed to wick away moisture, and great for insulation to keep your body temperature up while you sleep. For an extra layer of warmth, throw on an extra quilt or blanket. Also, remember to set the timer on your heating system, so it will automatically switch off when you’re warm and cosy in bed.
There’s no doubt that winter certainly brings excessive rainfall. And, keeping your house warm is also about keeping it dry. It’s important to check and clean gutters over winter. If you’re unable to do this yourself, it may be worthwhile finding out more about our home maintenance service. Blocked or clogged gutters can cause major damage to your home. This may include gutters falling off the roof due to the extra weight of water, leaves, dirt and debris. Water pouring over the sides of your house, pooling around the foundations and making them weak. Water can also leak inside your home and damage plaster, paintwork, and wiring. A clean gutter may prevent expensive repairs to your home.
Floor rugs act as a warm barrier between your feet and a cold floor. They can also stop draughts coming up through the floorboards. Placing a rug over floorboards will act as another layer of insulation in the room, helping to retain heat. For safety reasons, it may be a good idea to purchase an anti-slip rug gripper. This will anchor the rug to the floor and help to stop it from moving, bunching or sliding.
It may sound straightforward, but it’s often overlooked. It is much easier to warm yourself rather than warming an entire home. A thick woolly jumper, well-fitting sheepskin slippers, and even some woollen undergarments all make a huge difference. You can save a few dollars and have them ready for next winter, by purchasing warm clothes in spring or summer when winter clothing is on sale.
Food for Warmth
Last but not least, feel warmer at home by cooking a hearty meal. Did you know we can regulate our body temperature by the foods we eat? Foods containing protein and carbohydrates are harder for the body to digest. When the body works harder, it naturally heats up. Proteins are also known to raise blood pH to make us warmer. Also, have you ever noticed how using the oven for cooking can often heat the house? Fill two needs with one deed. Roast a hearty meal in the oven, and warm up from the inside – out. Remember, if you need a helping hand in the kitchen, Simply Helping can assist with meal preparation. We also help you with shopping when buying the groceries.
If you, or someone you know, would like a helping hand around the home to make life a little easier, contact Simply Helping and ask about our range of home care services.