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5 Tips For Getting Through the Cold Winter Months

Tips For Getting Through the Cold Winter Months

Winters can be a challenge for many people, especially those who are struggling to keep their home warm. However, there are some useful hints and tips for getting through the cold winter months.

Avoiding the outdoors when the weather is too cold can help to prevent problems such as hypothermia, frostbite and carbon monoxide poisoning.

1. Keep your windows open

One of the best ways to get through the cold winter months is to keep your windows open. There are numerous reasons to do this ranging from health and financial benefits to the calming sensation of a cool breeze blowing through your home!

It is important to remember that leaving your windows closed can cause condensation issues and lead to mould growth in the house. This can also let in a variety of toxins such as dust, smoke, radon and viruses.

2. Keep your doors closed

Keeping your doors closed may not seem like much of a deal, but it could save you a lot of time in the event of a house fire. That’s because it can significantly slow the spread of a fire and help keep toxic smoke levels down.

Closing your doors also can help you stay more warm during cold weather by reducing the amount of air that enters and exits your home. This can lead to lower utility costs.

3. Keep your pets indoors

It is important to keep your pets indoors and away from drafty areas in the house. This will help them stay warm and avoid shivering or lethargy due to the cold weather.

It is also recommended to feed your pet more during the winter months as they require extra calories to keep warm. Smaller meals several times a day will allow your pets to take in the extra calories they need.

4. Keep your floors clean

When winter hits, snow, ice, salt, and mud can take their toll on your hard floors. This is particularly true for wood floors.

The good news is that there are some simple things you can do to help prevent these harsh soils from ruining your hardwood floors. Here are four practices to incorporate into your floor care routine to make sure your floors stay in great condition during the colder months.

5. Keep a thermos of hot water in the kitchen

A thermos is a great way to keep drinks hot or cold and can also help you save money. You can also use it to cook foods like quinoa, oatmeal or oats overnight.

When choosing a thermos it is important to look for one that has a good heat retention. This will ensure that your drink is kept warm or cold for hours on end.

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