It’s never nice to be cold. You see the goosebumps rising up on your arms and legs, you feel the shivers running through your body, and you feel like you’d give anything at all for a warm cup of cocoa or a cozy blanket to cuddle up under.
Well, turning up the heating isn’t the only way to stay warm when the weather starts feeling a little frosty.
These days, there are plenty of different devices to help you feel cozy and happy when the sun isn’t shining, as well as lots of useful home hacks, scientific techniques, and other top tips to get warm, whatever the weather.
Here are 65 of our favorite ways to warm up without raising your heating bill.
1) Toasty Coasters
One of the worst things about the cold weather is that your hot drinks, like coffee and tea, cool down way faster! It feels like you barely even have time to drink them before they go from hot to cold. Luckily, mug heaters like this one exist. They’re basically heated coasters that keep the mug and its contents nice and toasty.
2) Lots Of Layers
One of the simplest ways to keep warm when it gets cold is to wear a whole lot of layers! Instead of boosting the heating around the home, simply putting on an extra sweater or shirt can make a big difference. Choose thermal fabrics like fleece and wool for best results.
3) Use The Oven More
When it’s switched on, your oven is like a super effective radiator for your kitchen and surrounding area. That’s why it makes a lot of sense to use it as often as you can in cold months, heating up the home and making tasty food at the same time.
4) Get A Shawl
Shawls are soft, lightweight, and surprisingly effective at keeping you warm. They can be used both indoors and outdoors and come in all kinds of colors and styles too for those who like to stay fashionable while keeping warm.
5) Cook Warming Foods
Ever noticed how we tend to want different dinners when it’s cold compared to when it’s hot? That’s your body’s way of telling you it needs warm, winter-style dishes like chili, soup, and stew, as opposed to summer-friendly meals like salads.
6) Lots Of Hot Drinks
As well as warming foods, you should constantly supply yourself with hot drinks whenever you can. Whether you prefer tea, coffee, or hot chocolate, they’re all great for helping you feel toastier when it’s cold outside.
7) Heating Pads
Microwaveable heating pads, often filled with dried beans or flax seeds, are really great for warming up quickly. You can put them on your feet or hands and they take less than a minute to heat up too.
8) So Cozy
Want to get warm and enjoy a soothing massage all at the same time? Don’t we all! Well, with heated shiatsu massagers like the one pictured here, you can enjoy a toasty massage all over your body without even needing to leave the house.
9) Work Out
Working out in cool conditions can have a lot of benefits and is actually better for you than exercising in hot conditios. You can find all kinds of workout tutorials online and invest in some home gym equipment, or simply try out some yoga and stretching. Working out will help you build up a sweat and feel a lot warmer around the home, even if the temperatures are actually quite low.
10) Knit Tights
Ladies, don’t forget the importance of a good pair of knit tights if you want to wear a skirt or dress on a cold day. You can even layer them under pants or jeans for a little extra warmth when you need it.
11) Cuddle Up
Got any furry friends around the house? Well, their body heat can be the perfect source of warmth on a cold day! Cats and dogs often like to cuddle up with their owners anyway, so it’s a win-win for both of you.
12) Leave The Door Open After Showering
Instead of turning on a vent or opening a window to let the steam out after taking a shower, open the bathroom door and let that humidity flow around the house. It’ll help to warm the place up.
13) Go Upstairs
You might already have noticed that the upstairs rooms of your home are warmer in general than the downstairs areas. That’s because heat rises, so it makes sense to spend more time upstairs if you want to stay warm without turning the heating up.
14) The Best Blanket
What do we do when we’re feeling cold at home? We reach for a blanket, of course. But some blankets are way better than others at warming you up. Cotton thermal blankets, for example, are made to keep warmth locked in, helping you stay really cozy and toasty at all times.
15) Clean The House
It might not be the most desirable activity in the world, but cleaning your house when it feels cold is actually a great way to warm up. It’s basically like a workout, as you use a lot of different muscles to mop, scrub, and tidy up, building up your body heat in the process.
16) A Smart Travel Mug
Companies like Ember are developing smart, thermal travel mugs with high-tech abilities to keep your beverage warm and toasty for extended periods. This lets you go out and about and always have a warm cup of coffee by your side.
17) Super Cute Hand Warmers
Wow! Does it get any cuter than this? These USB hand warmers can charge up using a regular USB lead, just like your phone or tablet. When powered up and switched on, they heat up your hands and make them look super cute too, thanks to these adorable angel unicorn designs.
Ears often pay the price when the temperatures go low, but you can keep them nice and warm with these little earbags, which are available in many different colors and styles. They’re basically like little hats for your ears, without all the hassle and headband-issues associated with earmuffs.
19) Thermal Jacket
Modern day jackets and coats can be super effective at keeping you warm, thanks to the development of new thermal fabrics and insulating materials. If you shop around, you can find really powerful jackets that are fashionable and cozy too.
20) A Classic Christmas Sweater
Who says Christmas sweaters can only be worn at Christmas? If you’re at home, there’s no reason why you can’t wear these cuddly, fuzzy garments at any time of year, especially if you’re shivering and need a little warming up.
21) A Space Heater
Instead of turning on every radiator in the house, why not simply use a space heater instead? It makes a lot more sense to just heat up the room you’re in, rather than wasting money heating the entire house. They’re also perfect for emergencies if ever your water heater breaks down.
22) A Humidifier
Many people forget that humidity actually plays a big role in how hot or cold we feel around the home. When there’s more moisture in the air, it feels warmer. Adding a humidifer to your home can therefore help to make the place feel cozier, and it even helps to moisturize your skin too.
23) A Jacket Heater
If you don’t want to invest in a super fancy insulated jacket, you can still transform your pre-existing coat or jacket into something way warmer with the help of this neat heating system. It attaches inside your jacket to keep you warm on-the-go.
24) A Cozy Cardigan
We all need to adapt our attire when cold weather strikes, and it always helps to have a cardigan you can rely on in your wardrobe! Chunky cardigans like these can really help to keep your body nice and warm, even when walking outside in frosty conditions.
25) More Rugs
Some homes have carpet all over the floor, but if you have wooden or lino flooring, it can get quite cold. Having a few rugs around the place can keep your little piggies warm as you walk around, as well as helping to insulate the space and keep heat inside for longer.
26) A Towel Heater
One of the absolute worst feelings that come along on cold days is the fear of stepping out of the shower into a freezing cold bathroom, with nothing but a frosty towel waiting to greet you. A heated towel rack like this not only heats up your towel, but also serves as a space heater to warm up the bathroom too.
27) A Rumpl Blanket
Rumpl is one of several companies creating blankets of the future. Made with top quality down and machine-washable too, these untearable blankets keep you warm wherever you are. They’re great for taking on camping trips but are awesome to keep around the home as well.
28) A Big Beanie
If you’re going outside on a cold day, you can’t just rely on a coat and cardigan to stay warm. You have to think about your head too! Even with a whole lot of hair, your ears and head will suffer from cold conditions, but with a thick, well-made beanie, you’ll feel warmer all over.
29) Thick Curtains
A heavy and thick pair of curtains can be an extra layer of protection against cold weather. They can keep cold air out and warm air in, and many people like to make use of thick curtains in winter and then switch to thinner curtains when the warmer weather arrives.
30) Hand Warmers
Thanks to modern technology, your little fingers don’t need to freeze while walking outdoors on cold days! Hand warmers like this one can be held in the palm when you’re out and about, or even while working if your office happens to be pretty frosty.
31) A Mini Oven
Many people have mini fridges, but what about a mini oven? These awesome little devices can be carried around anywhere you go, ready and waiting to heat up your food in an instant. All you need is a power outlet and you’re good to go.
32) Sheepskin Insoles
Having a good pair of slippers is essential when the cold weather strikes, but if you don’t want to invest in a brand new pair, why not buy some sheepskin insoles instead? You can slip them right into your old slippers, jazzing up their look and making them a whole lot warmer in the process.
33) A Little Feng Shui
Believe it or not, rearranging your furniture can actually help you feel warmer and cozier at home as well. If you move items like your sofa, bed, and chairs to the right places, away from windows or vents, you’ll really start to feel a difference right away. Make sure your radiators have plenty of free space around them too, and consider moving furniture towards the center of the room, rather than around the edges.
34) A Kettle That Stays Warm
Many people like to enjoy hot drinks when the weather gets cold and snowy, but it can be a hassle to constantly turn the kettle on again and again or use the microwave to warm up drinks that have gotten cold. This kettle actually keeps the water warm for up to an hour!
35) Draft Guards
You might be surprised to discover just how much heat is being lost from your rooms due to the little gaps under your doors that let cold drafts in. This can have a big effect on your heating bill, forcing the radiators to work twice as hard to heat up a single space. Draft guards can make all the difference, keeping heat in your rooms and keeping cold air out.
36) Leave The Oven Open
Earlier on, we mentioned using the oven more to heat up your kitchen in cold conditions. You can also test out this top tip, as long as it’s safe to do so in your home (without the risk of any kids or pets getting hurt). Leave the oven open after baking to let all that heat rush out into the room.
37) A Bed Heater
It’s never nice to climb into a cold and frosty bed. Beds are supposed to be warm and welcoming, and if you invest in a bed-heating device like this one, your bed will feel a lot cozier when you climb under the covers each night. You can even adjust the temperature via an app on your phone.
38) Turn On A Ceiling Fan
Wait, what? Turning on a fan can help you feel warmer? Well, yes, actually! As long as your ceiling fan has a ‘reverse’ mode, you can use it to suck warm air up from the bottom of the room towards the ceiling, helping it circulate better and make the space warmer. It seems odd, but it really works.
39) Window Insulation
Ever turned your heating up high but still felt a little cold in certain parts of the home? It might be because of cold drafts flowing in through little gaps around your windows. This is especially true in older homes, but window insulation kits can block the gaps and keep heat in.
40) For Furry Friends
Don’t forget about your pets when it starts to get cold! Furry friends have fur to keep them warm, but cats and dogs can still start to shiver on the frostiest of days. Luckily, heated pet homes like this one exist to help them stay cozy.