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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 03 Dec 2013
Winter is here; a season during which most of us worry about catching a cold and being down with the flu. Keeping your home warm and dry can go a long way in ensuring your family’s health. Cold and damp houses breed germs and often lead to health issues, especially among babies, small children and the elderly.
How to Keep Your Home Warm
- While it is a good idea to use a heater during winter, it is equally important to keep the heating low. This is not only to save on electricity bills, but to reduce the dryness caused by heating so as to prevent skin issues and respiratory problems.
- Instead of heating the whole house, heat only the room in which you will spend most of your time. Avoid overheating the room. Instead, try and maintain the temperature around 21 degrees centigrade. When you go to bed, dress warmly. Keep the heater in a open space, rather than behind some furniture or cabinet.
- The most important room to keep warm is the bathroom. This can be done quite easily by keeping it dry and blocking any area through which cold draughts can enter. For this, make sure to seal any gaps below the door and in between window panes.
- Use thick curtains to prevent your home from losing heat. Windows tend to get very cold during the night and thick curtains will ensure that your room stays warm. You can opt for curtains with a thermal lining, which would be the most effectively in keeping the cold out.
- If you are blessed by a sunny day, draw your curtains and open the windows. Sunshine will not only keep you warm, but keeps dampness at bay and prevents diseases.
- Closed door prevent the house from cooling down too much. So, if there are certain rooms that are not being used, keep them closed. Stop as much air circulation as possible to keep your house warm.
- Keeping the floors covered with carpets can also warm your home. This, however, needs a great deal of maintenance and can trap dust and cause allergies. So, you will need to take a call regarding whether you can have the carpet cleaned often enough.
Just by using these simple tips, you can keep your home cozy and welcoming. It does not take a lot of effort to prevent diseases. And, like the popular saying goes, prevention is better than cure! Keeping your home warm and moist will protect against common ailments and keep you and your family healthy during the cold winter months.
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