After braving this week’s subzero temperatures you may be wondering if there’s anything you can do to stay warm during a Michigan cold front. Many of us were shocked to see the temperatures dip to record-breaking lows but to add insult to injury we were also advised to set our thermostats to 65 degrees! For many a Michigander, this was a recipe for disaster. We’re glad to see the weather forecast projecting rising temps but that doesn’t mean we’re in the clear. In this blog, we’ll go over some simple tips for staying warm this winter. We hope you stay in the clear and out of the cold!
Staying Warm Tip: Layer Up
One of the easiest ways to warm up is by layering your articles of clothing. As inconvenient as it might be, it’s much easier to warm up your own body temperature than it is to raise the temperature in your house. Choosing clothing that doesn’t retain moisture will help reduce sweat. Layering moisture-wicking tops with warm sweaters, pullovers, and cardigans will help keep heat close to your body. When it doubt, layer up!
Staying Warm Tip: Don’t Use your Wood-Burning Fireplace
This might sound borderline crazy but using your wood-burning fireplace can actually make your home colder. While you may initially feel a comforting rush of heat as the logs burn, much of the warm air inside your house will quickly get sucked up through your chimney as fumes are ventilated. Sadly, this ends up making your home colder and has a less than desirable effect. Of course, if a wood-burning fireplace is your only source of heat then you’ll obviously be making use of it this winter! Just remember to shut any unnecessary doors to other rooms to try and regulate the amount of warm air lost.
Staying Warm Tip: Employ a Space Heater
Though not powerful enough to heat your entire home, enlisting the help of a trusted space heater will definitely help alleviate the bite of winter. For maximum effect, choose a room in your home as your “warming space”–a place where you’ll be spending most of your time. Ideally, this room would be able to be closed off by shutting a door. Tall, open spaces are difficult to heat even in the best of circumstances. If there’s a particularly rough cold front coming through like the one we had this past week, we suggest temporarily camping out in a closed-off space in your home. Hang heavy blankets over windows to block out even more heat. Of course, keep the space heater far from loose fabric or any furniture. The last thing you want in the dryness of winter is a potential fire hazard in your home!
How are you staying warm this winter? Do you have any tips we didn’t mention in this blog? Let us know! As always, Roof Advance is your trusted Michigan roofer. If you notice any leaks in your roof give us a call right away. Did you know we also do insulation work? Save money on your energy bill by making the most of your home’s insulation.
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