Winter is almost upon us. Its going to be a bit different from normal winters with most of us staying at home as much as possible and with this in mind here are a few hints on how to stay warm indoors.
Get your boiler serviced
If possible before winter have your boiler serviced to make sure it is fit for winter. Use a reputable firm to do this for you, local trades people are often best and get a recommendation from a source you trust if you can.
Wrap up warm and cosy
There are some lovely warm socks and fleeces on the market which are nice and brightly coloured to bring a bit of cheer to your day. It is also a good idea to have a blanket near to hand just in case you get cold while sitting watching tv.
Keep at least one room warm
Keep your main room between 18-21 degrees C and the rest of the house at least at 16 degrees C. If you cannot heat the whole house heat the living room during the day and the bedroom for a while before you go to bed and just before you get up in the morning.
- Close the curtains as this helps enormously to keep in the heat.
- In bed use an electric blanket or a hot water bottle. If it is a very cold night use more than one hot water bottle (you can of course use a hot water bottle when you are sitting in the living room). Note: Do not use a hot water bottle and an electric blanket together as there may be danger of electrocution if the water from the bottle spills onto the blanket.
- It may be a good idea to move your sofa or big pieces of furniture away from the radiator as this will allow the room to heat up quicker.
Look after yourself by eating well
- Have regular hot drinks and food such as porridge, soups, and stews. Soups and stews are very convenient and can be made in batches and frozen in portions that are just right for you.
- Stay active, move around as much as possible – these days there are many keep fit programs you can find online which are fun to do.
- If possible go out for a walk (remember to social distance) – it may be cold outside but you will soon warm up. To stay comfortable, wear layers you can take off as you warm up and make sure the shoes you are wearing are suitable for the terrain outside and are non-slip. If you are lucky enough to live in the country or by the sea there will be many pretty routes for you to take, if you live in town then just a walk to the shops to do some window shopping is also very good. A walk can help improve your mood as well as keep you fit.
There is something very comforting about being warm at home on cold nights reading, watching tv or just chatting so enjoy every moment if you can, and remember spring will soon be here.
Here are some of our favourite items that will help to keep you warm and toasty this winter: