Ah, wintertime! While it's typically known as the coldest season of the year, it can also be one of the most costly — since you’ll be using your heater much more than usual. Of course, you could just pay your newly-elevated heating bill until the spring rolls around, but that’s a tad much. If you’re looking to beat the cold and stay warm for less, then we suggest the following:
Tips for Staying Warm on a Budget
One of the best ways to beat the cold is to workout. Whether you decide to lift some weights or take a light stroll around the neighborhood, any form of physical activity will be a great way to increase your body temperature and defeat the chill altogether!
Of course, if you’re not looking for a strenuous workout regimen, you can opt for something a little more subdued, such as yoga! Believe it or not, yoga is not only a great way to keep warm, but it will help stretch your body and prepare for those freezing temperatures. Within minutes, you’ll not only feel toasty, but you’ll also feel less inclined to adjust the thermostat.
Another great way to warm up is to start cooking! Whipping up a fresh meal will help heat your home in the most delicious way possible. Think about it like this: when you’re cooking pasta or some homemade soup on the stove, the pot will emit a wonderful-smelling steam, which will add some heat into the air.
You can also think of this method like multitasking since you’ll be keeping warm and have a delicious meal waiting for you. If you’re looking to take things up a notch, you can also bake some cookies or brownies in your oven, which will help give off a sweet smelling heat. Once the baked goods are complete, keep the oven open (make sure it's off, first!) for a few minutes to really reap the benefits of extra heat. No matter what you choose, you’ll be good to go!
A reason why your home could be cold is due to a drafty room, or two. Sometimes, a window or door leading outside could be the culprit — which will entice you to raise the thermostat up a few notches each hour. Indeed, this is one of the simplest ways to waste heat — and you might not even realize you’re doing it.
If you’re looking to keep the warmth inside your home, then it’s best to invest in a draft guard. When you implement this simple device, you’ll instantly be able to block out any cold that might be lurking in unannounced. Of course, if you’re not sure where to check for drafts, then you’ll want to examine all doors that lead outside, in addition to any older windows that reside in your home.
Once you find the source(s) of the cold air and take precaution, you’ll notice a vast difference in the temperature of your home — in addition to saving money on your monthly energy bills, too.
Looking for a way to keep warm, while changing up the appearance of a room? Invest in an area rug! Whether you’re looking for something to cover the whole floor or just a small area of the room, this decor essential will do wonders to keep you cozy.
Of course, nothing is as unpleasant as stepping out of bed and walking onto a cold, wood floor — but a rug will help keep your bare feet as warm as possible. As an added bonus, if you happen to have a pet, they’ll love being sprawled out on a rug on the chilliest of days; it will keep their bellies warms and comfortable.
Are you using your heater less but still have high energy bills? If that’s the case, then it might be time to schedule a repair. No matter the size or scope of the project, you can rely on our team to get right to work. For more than three decades, we’ve assisted commercial property owners throughout all of Central Oregon to ensure that their businesses continue operating at peak comfort.
Contact us today at (541) 204-2775 to find out how we can help you with your commercial HVAC installation, repair, or maintenance needs.