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Heating tips: Stay warm and healthy in winter with simple measures

Heating tips: Stay warm and healthy in winter with simple measures Illustrative photo (Photo: Freepik)
Author: Daria Shekina

In winter, it is important to protect the body from the cold to avoid illness. There are simple and affordable methods that everyone should pay attention to, according to the website of the medical community Take Care of Yourself.

Heaters and air conditioners

Biological Sciences Candidate, Olena Livinska, highlights that certain heating solutions are most popular when the indoor temperature is low and electricity is available.

Heaters may vary in terms of electrical consumption and efficiency. Basic safety recommendations for using these devices include:

  • Keep them at a safe distance from flammable materials.
  • Avoid covering or drying clothes on them.
  • Ensure that devices with open heating elements are free from dirt, paper, and dust that could ignite.
  • Do not leave devices on without supervision.
  • Monitor sockets and plugs to prevent overheating, which is the first sign of electrical network overload or device malfunction.

It's important to note that using heaters, air conditioners, and especially space heaters can significantly reduce indoor humidity, leading not only to overall discomfort but also an increased risk of respiratory illnesses, conjunctivitis, exacerbation of eczema, and more.

Oven cooking

Baking food in the oven is another way to combine comfort with necessity. Although it won't heat the entire home significantly, it can add warmth to the kitchen at least.

For those using gas ovens or stoves, keep in mind that burning consumes oxygen. Therefore, ensure proper ventilation and use an exhaust fan during cooking.

Layered clothing

Harness the power of woolen items—socks and sweaters come in handy. Thermal underwear helps wick away moisture and retain heat. However, consider the level of physical activity it is designed for; if it's for active sports, it may not provide much warmth when sitting at a computer. Thick-soled footwear tends to provide more warmth than thin-soled options.

Regular physical activity

Physical activity enhances blood circulation, reducing the feeling of cold. Winter outdoor exercise contributes to moderate hardening and can even alter the constitution of adipose tissue.

Warm drinks

During the cold season, many turn to various teas and coffees. These beverages not only warm but also partially fulfill our fluid needs—an essential consideration, as people tend to drink less water in winter.

It's crucial not to overindulge in sweets alongside traditional winter drinks. Additionally, alcohol consumption for the purpose of warmth is not advisable, as it leads to increased heat loss due to vasodilation.