How to Stay Warm in the Winter

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You may be enjoying more sun and overall warmth in Texas during the winter than you might elsewhere, but Wylie can still get pretty chilly! Today our Mansions of Wylie blog post is here to help you stay warm and comfortable, even on the rainy, windy days. Try these tips to efficiently warm you and your apartment up this winter.

Warm yourself first.

As Mental Floss points out, it’s easier (and more eco-friendly) to

than a room’s temperature. So warm yourself with layers before you crank up the heat. Thick socks, a beanie, a sweater, and leg or hand warmers can help loads. If you’re using a few blankets, keep fluffy blankets closest to you and thin, dense blankets on top to prevent convective heat loss.

Get moving.

Muscular work and friction generate heat, so get up and walk around (especially if piling up the blankets doesn’t do it for you). Do a few stretches when you wake up in the morning, when you’ve finished a meal, when you go to sleep, and any other time you need to get your blood flowing. It warms you up while it wakes you up. Choose some form of physical activity you enjoy.

Eat and drink.

Not only do you need to fuel your body with food, water, and nutrients to survive, but you also need them to keep up the energy, boost your metabolism, and maintain your bodily functions. Dehydration can also lead to hypothermia and frostbite, so keep drinking — even when it’s cold.

The action of whipping up something to eat or drink (especially if it’s warm) will also warm you and your home.

Prepare your room.

There are plenty of hacks for keeping a room warm with or without the heater. To start, use a humidifier. Humid air feels warmer than dry air, so if you don’t already have a humidifier, get one. Turn the fan on the lowest setting (going the opposite direction it usually goes) to push the warm air that rises down to you. Open the blinds to let the light of the sun naturally warm up a room. And do as Mental Floss suggests and keep the heat in and the cold out by cutting up a

, wrapping it in fabric, and sliding it under your door.

What are your best tips for warming up at home, especially without using too much electricity or outside sources of heat? Share your ideas with the rest of the apartment community by leaving a comment. Thanks for reading! We hope you enjoy your winter here or anywhere else you may be this season.

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