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Keeping Your Bedroom Warm in WinterJune 15, 2014
With the cold season upon us once again it is essential that we keep warm and snug at night not just for comfort, but also for health reasons! Keeping warm in winter will help you to avoid colds, flu, pneumonia, depression and even heart attacks or strokes! Keeping warm is especially essential if you are over 65 or have young children!
The ideal temperature for your home is around 18-21°. The most important rooms to keep warm are the living room during the day and the bedrooms at night. Bedrooms are often the most important to keep warm as most people will spend on average eight to nine hours in them - far more than any other room in the house. Keeping your bedroom warm doesn't have to be a challenge, and in fact can be done easily with these basic tips:
Unlike most northern European or American homes, few homes in South Africa have double glazing on their windows. This means that often the largest heat loss in your home in through the windows. Where possible get thick curtains to cover your windows, especially ones that get little to no sunshine. When possible open the curtains on your sun facing windows - usually the ones that are facing north - during the day as this can help to warm your home when the sun is out.
Remember those 'sausage dogs' that your grandparents always had at the bottom of the door? They might seem old fashioned, but they work exceptionally well to prevent cold air sneaking into your bedroom at night. They are also very useful for bedrooms that have an ensuite bathroom as bathrooms are often very cold by nature. You can easily make your own draft excluders by cutting a leg off a pair of old tights and stuffing them with socks or old pieces of fabric. For more creative ideas take a look on pinterest.
Electric Blankets or Hot Water Bottles:
Electric blankets and hot water bottles are great ways to ensure that your bed is warm before your climb into it. However you should never use both at the same time. Rather use the hot water bottle while you are in the living room snuggled in a blanket watching tv while the electric blanket warms your bed. If you don't have an electric blanket, try and trick your partner into climbing into bed before you to warm it up.
Believe it or not but in winter your body requires more calories than in summer. This doesn't mean that you should go crazy on the chocolate (ok, maybe a little crazy), but there is nothing better than hearty stews, soups and curries throughout winter. Slow cookers are a great way to easily prepare something in the morning and when you get home in the evening not only do you have a hot meal ready for you, but you also come home to the delicious smell of your favourite winter food!
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