10 Tips To Stay Warm in Frigid Temperatures
Be prepared to bundle up! Here are 10 tips to keep you warm during this frigid weather:
1. Bundle Up – Adding a few extra layers is an easy way to stay warm, especially if you have to be outside. Put on an extra shirt or two underneath your coat to keep your core warm. Trust us, you’ll notice a big difference.
2. Keep your feet toasty – Hypothermia is most likely to start in your extremities such as your hands and feet. If you need to be outside for an extended period of time, add extra layers to keep these areas protected. Slip on an extra pair of socks and a sturdy pair of insulated shoes. Hiking or work boots are great because they have tread to prevent you from slipping on slick surfaces. Don’t neglect your face and neck! Put on a warm hat and scarf.
3. Don’t neglect your furry friends – Fur may help keep an animal warm, but in freezing temperatures, they also need extra protection. Limit walking or letting them outside for no more than 10 minutes. If you have farm animals or other animals that you can’t bring inside, provide bedding or an insulated area they can keep warm. Also, check their water often in case it freezes.
4. Eat or drink something warm – Soups, spicy foods, hot coffee, and tea will help kill the chill.
5. Stay away from alcohol – Alcoholic beverages may make you feel warm however, they actually decrease your core temperature.
6. Keep the temperature of your home consistent – Set the thermostat for the same temperature during the day and night. This will help prevent your pipes from freezing or bursting. If you will not be home, do not lower your heat below 55 degrees.
7. Protect Pipes – Keep the heat on, open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to pipes under the sink and walls.
8. Be cautious when using space heaters or a fireplace – Space heaters should be kept at least 3 feet away from anything flammable such as clothing, rugs, bedding, and curtains. Do not leave a space heater on if you are leaving the house.
When using a fireplace, make sure all of the embers are completely out before going to bed or leaving the house.
9. Drive carefully – Even if there isn’t any snowfall and the roads look clear, there may be clear ice. Also known as black ice, it is visually transparent making it look practically invisible to drivers.
10. Pack an emergency car kit – It is best to be prepared in case your car breaks down or there is another emergency during freezing temperatures. The DMV website has a great list of what to pack in your emergency kit.
Don’t forget – if you have an HVAC emergency and are without heat, we are here to help. We have technicians available 24/7!
Stay safe and warm!