Does the prospect of winter weather spoil your pleasure in the season’s change? When you think of winter, do you tend to focus on ice scrapers and frozen locks, rather than on being cozy with a cup of hot chocolate? Here are seven life hacks to make cold weather a breeze... (or should we say, a breath of warm air?)
1. Conquer Icy Pavement
2. Don't Get Cold Feet
Avoid wearing cotton socks in winter, because they lose their insulating ability when they get wet. Wool or polypropylene will feel warmer, especially if you add wool insoles to your shoes.
3. Save Money by Investing in a Space Heater
Instead of cranking up the heat in the entire place, use a space heater to warm up the air around you. Check out the NewAir portable ceramic heater for a sleek and quiet heater for your place.
4. Insulate Your Windows
You probably already have some bubble wrap, and you may be able to get more for free by asking around at furniture stores. Just cut it to size, wet your windows with water, and press the bubble wrap against the glass.
5. Heat Your Body, Not the Room
To save money on heating bills and still be cozy, try snuggling up with a hot water bottle when you watch TV. An electric blanket can also keep your body warm, while avoiding the expense of heating your entire home.
6. Use Your Ceiling Fan
Most ceiling fans have two settings. One is to pull cool air up from floor level, while the other one is meant to circulate warm air down into the room.
7. Condition Your Snow Shovel
Shoveling snow is hard work, but you can make it easier by coating the blade with non-stick cooking spray or paraffin candle wax.
For more great winter life hacks, check out this fun video, “Winter Home Hacks Everyone Should Know.”