It’s freezing outside, and you are broke, so you can’t have the central heating system on 24/7 to save a few pennies. Or maybe you are still saving up to get one installed. Don’t fret. There are several cheap and readily available ways to stay warm even if you don’t have the best electric heater for your house.
Read on to find out the six pocket-friendly ways to keep you warm without central heating this winter.
How to Stay Warm Without Central Heating
Here are the six ways to stay warm when you don’t have central heating:
1. Cover your windows
If your windows are freezing, that is a red flag. It means that they’re making your house cold as well. One of the ways to deal with this, which has been overly emphasized, is to insulate your windows. That is a smart thing to do because its benefits are long term.
They help you cut on energy bills because they make your house more energy-efficient. However, insulation only, without central heating won’t do you any good. Get out all those extra blankets and nail them over the windows. This extra layer will keep off drafts, and you’ll surely survive the cold.
2. Use Hot Water Bottles
Water always comes to the rescue. In this case, (without central heating) it has a high heat capacity which is nerd talk for: changing its temperature is no easy feat. So, bottle up some warm water and use it to keep you warm for a while. This trick works even better if you have the rubber hot water bottles. They were made specifically for holding hot water; hence they are better insulated.
3. Drink Hot Beverages
Drinking hot beverages is the most integral part of any winter survival tactics. A cup of hot tea, cocoa, or coffee will always keep your body temperature at a constant average, so, even when your room is freezing, your body is warm.
4. Build Forts
Building forts is a fun way, one of the two fun ways to stay warm on this list! Gather all your pillows, cushions, and blankets then build a little structure that you can comfortably fit in. Forts will keep you warm as insulation from the blankets will be concentrated in the tiny space you’ve created.
This tip is great for those days that you have nothing to do, so you can stay in your fort only leaving to get food or for bathroom breaks.
5. Pile Up Those Layers
Don’t be afraid to wear layer upon layer. If you want to wear four pairs of socks and ten sweaters, do it! The extra clothing is extra insulation for you. I mean, you’ll look ridiculous, but you’ll feel warm.
6. Be Around Company
Being around people is the least costly and most fun war to stay warm without central heating. Ward off the winter chill by being around family and friends. Not only will the company distract you from the cold, but also the natural warmth coming off of everyone in the room or fort will warm up the air in the room and Voila! It’s warm again!
Also, if they bring their blankets and cushions, that’s extra insulation for your windows and enough building materials for bigger forts.