5 ways to stay warm and cozy this winter

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The trees have lost their leaves and the weather has that cool crisp to it. That’s when you know it’s time to focus on staying warm because winter has finally arrived. I’m not sure if it’s the cool air, the Christmas season, or the busy last few months of the year, but whatever it is - I just feel the need to stay cozy and warm and I’ll do anything to make that happen. But, at the same time, I don’t want to spend a ton of money doing so. It’s easy to bump up the heat in your home, but this also bumps up the amount you are paying. Instead, find ways to stay cozy and warm, without having to shell out hundreds of dollars. Here are some of my best tips:

There is nothing like a hot, roaring fire to keep you warm and cozy during the cold winter months in Georgia. No matter if you have a gas or a wood burning fireplace, get the fire started and curl up with a book next to it. One thing I do recommend doing before you have your first fire of the year is getting your fireplace and chimney inspected. It’s very easy and not too costly to get a chimney sweep and a lot of the time, they will also clean your dryer lint trap, as well.

Curl up on the couch or in bed
Cozy up on the couch or in bed with lots of blankets, pillows, and a Christmas movie or a book. Adding flannel sheets, full down comforters, extra blankets (maybe even a heated blanket, or heated mattress pad), and lots of pillows will definitely keep you warm and cozy. Cuddling in bed or on the couch with lots of blankets does not sound like a bad way to spend a weekend, in my opinion!

Warm Beverages
The winter months were made for mugs full of hot chocolate and eggnog, but those drinks aren’t always the best for your health. You can only drink so much cocoa, no matter how cold you are, so you might want to think about some other healthy alternatives such as herbal tea, turmeric lattes, or even hot chai tea. It doesn’t just stop at warm beverages, though. There are so many warm food options like soups and stews that can help warm you up, as well.

Window Tinting
Adding 3M™ Low-E Window Films to your windows will help insulate your windows from the cold temperatures. UHS Window Tinting and Blinds says, “It’s like upgrading from single-pane to double-pane or from double-pane to triple-pane windows.” They will help reflect and disperse heat back into the room, reduce cold spots, improve comfort during cold winter months, and save on heating and cooling costs year-round. With more than 30 years of window tinting experience in Atlanta, UHS Window Tinting and Blinds is Atlanta’s premier window tinting and blinds specialist. They are a locally-owned and operated company that provides services that offer many benefits such as enhanced privacy, lower utility bills, a more controlled climate, and more. They aim to go above and beyond, ensuring the highest levels of customer satisfaction. In fact, their owner, Matt always challenges customers to go online and find one bad review (spoiler alerts: there is not one!). UHS Window Tinting and Blinds has an extensive history with window films and treatments, so if you are looking for the best of the best in Atlanta window tinting, they are the company for you.

The Spruce also writes about these two other window tips, in order to avoid cold air: “The old idea of switching out your drapery and curtains for the winter still makes sense today. Window panes, especially older ones, allow heat to be lost through the glass, making a cold room feel even colder. If you have drapes or curtains, purchase a thicker material for the winter months and be sure to close them at night.

Cold air can easily rush through leaks in windows and doors, instantly chilling a room. If your windows and doors have cracked seals, you can purchase new ones or hire a professional to replace them. For a quick and simple fix, you can place a heavy towel underneath doors (like the door that enters the cold garage) or use a poly weatherstrip.”

Layer Up
Winter weather can be unpredictable, especially in Georgia, making it a challenge to get dressed for those cold-weather days (or the cold weather days that end up to be 70 degrees in the afternoon in GA). So, how do you even go about dressing for the really cold mornings, but not so cold afternoons? There is a trick! Dress in layers so you're prepared for any temperature and occasion. Layering your clothes can also add dimension and it is a great opportunity to mix and match patterns, colors, and textures to achieve those Instagram-worthy looks.

Are you ready for winter in Georgia? Let me know if you have any other ways to stay warm and cozy this winter!

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