As Ohio and much of the country prepare for winter, keeping warm is high on the priority list. Adjusting the thermostat is the obvious first move, but it can be expensive when the utility bill comes. 

Instead of cranking up the heat, sometimes your clients just have to dress in layers when the wind chill drops, and they start shivering. Here are some ways your clients can keep warm during the most frigid temperatures without running up their heating bills. 

Wear warmer clothing 

Layering up is a no-brainer when it comes to keeping warm. Think hoodies, sweatpants, and nice thick socks. And while the thought of a wool sweater might be enough to make some feel a little itchy, wool is one of the best materials to wear when it’s cold.  

Unlike cotton, wool traps heat, keeping you warm. It also helps wick away sweat, which keeps you dry and prevents overheating. 

Open and close blinds 

During the day, keep the blinds and curtains open to let the sunshine in. It will help naturally heat the home. And when the sun sets, keep blinds and curtains closed.  

Use nice heavy curtains too, because they can act as a shield that prevents cold air from coming in through the windows. There’s no shame in weather-proofing your windows with plastic sheeting and tape if there is still a draft.  

Take advantage of the humidity 

Use a humidifier whenever possible. Humid air can feel warmer. It’s better for you, too, because once that furnace kicks on, it will dry out sinuses while you sleep. Anyone prone to sinus infections should run a humidifier all night in the bedroom.  

Don’t run the bathroom fan after a shower. Let that humidity keep you warm while you dry off, then seep into the house for a little extra help. 

Run ceiling fans in reverse 

Be selective about this one. You probably don’t want to have the fan over the bed blowing air all night. However, if there is a ceiling fan upstairs, try running it in reverse to blow the warm air back down. 

Go all-in with blankets 

Load the blankets on the bed, use a down comforter, and switch to flannel sheets. Keep a few extra throw blankets around the living room on chairs and couches to snuggle up with. 

Eat warm food and drink 

It’s soup season! When you make soup, make double the recipe so you can freeze some in freezer-proof containers to reheat later for a hot meal in a jiffy. If you’re not a cook, some local suggestions for ready-to-go soups include Bruno Bros., Belleria, Panera, Aladdin’s, and Rulli Bros. Heat them up on the stove or nuke them.