Ba­sic tips to stay warm in win­ter

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

Some­where along the way, we’ve forgotten the ba­sics of stay­ing warm, or haven’t en­forced them.

Our moth­ers and fa­thers knew them; so did our grand­par­ents.

But the sim­ple, log­i­cal ways to keep a body and home warm in late March, June, July and Au­gust ap­pear to have gone out with cas­sette tapes and VCRs.

We can Google it, talk about it with good friends over a hot cuppa and agree that our moth­ers were ac­tu­ally right (mostly), but we’re not al­ways do­ing it our­selves – or pass­ing it on.

So, be­fore turn­ing on any heaters, take time to go through your warm-up check­list:

Some mea­sures may take some for­ward think­ing, oth­ers a good recipe and a bit of wool.

In your home, slow-cook a curry or casse­role in the oven – it will warm up the hub of your house for a few hours.

Have knit­ted or cro­cheted blan­kets on hand to wrap up in front of the tele­vi­sion or at your com­puter desk, or to throw on the bed.

You can even have one at work if you feel the cold.

Even bet­ter, take up one of th­ese woolly crafts at home to keep your knees warm.

Place a woollen un­der­lay or blan­ket on top of your mat­tress.

Make sure all your cur­tains are ther­mal backed – you can buy them ready-made from many stores.

Pull the drapes as soon as it starts to get dark out­side, to keep the warmth in.

Open the cur­tains in the morn­ing to let the sun heat the house nat­u­rally.

If you’re build­ing a new home, make sure you have lots of win­dows on the north-fac­ing side and fewer on the south side.

Check that your win­dow panes are in prop­erly – they might need sealant to keep out breezes.

Get your wooden French doors fit­ting prop­erly, be­cause they’re big heat leak­ers.

You also need a snake to stop the breeze blow­ing un­der the front or back door.

But your elon­gated cloth doorstop­per needs to be fairly heavy, oth­er­wise it will be whipped out of place by a wicked west­erly or sting­ing southerly.

In­su­la­tion is an ab­so­lute must. Get all ceil­ing and wall cav­i­ties in­su­lated, and also un­der wooden floors.

Make sure you check out the gov­ern­ment sub­si­dies.

If you can af­ford it, get dou­ble glaz­ing for your win­dows or sin­gle-glazed low-E glass, which has a coat­ing that ab­sorbs or re­flects sun­light.

When you’re head­ing out­side, dress prop­erly. Wear ther­mal un­der­wear. Pull on a merino or other woollen jer­sey.

For ex­tra lay­ers in­doors, wrap your­self in a shawl. You’re sure to find some­thing at the Hospice Shop or an­other sec­ond-hand store. Blokes, try a man cardi­gan or a hoodie.

Throw on a scarf, and bang on a beanie.

Re­mem­ber gloves? Try fin­ger­less ones to keep your hands toasty while tap­ping on com­puter key­boards.

In­vest in some woollen socks or hand-knit­ted booties.

When you get out of the bath or shower and put on your snug nightwear, put on a dress­ing gown or you’ll cool down quickly.

Warm your bed with a wheat pack or hot wa­ter bot­tle.

Photo: FAIR­FAX NZ

Warm your bed with a wheat pack or hot wa­ter bot­tle be­fore climb­ing in.

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