4 Creative Ways To Get Warm Without A Furnace

During the winter months you depend upon your home's heater to keep you warm. Sometimes, you might be without heat if your heating system breaks, or you are trying to save money by keeping your thermostat temperature lower. Besides putting on more clothing layers, there are a few other simple things you can do to get warm to save on heating costs, or while you wait for your furnace to be repaired.

Eat Alkaline Foods

Some people are cold all the time, even in the summer. Being cold all the time can be the result of your body being too acidic, from having too much acidity in your diet. Your body needs to have a good balance of alkalinity and acidity levels to regulate your body temperature correctly. 

When you eat too many acidic foods such as pasta, sugar, other carbohydrates and proteins, your body will become acidic, causing you to feel cold. To help your body feel warmer, and treat the other symptoms of high acidity, you should eat foods with high levels of alkalinity.

Some alkaline foods include:

  • Lettuce
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Melons
  • Peppers
  • Sea salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Cucumbers
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach

Unfortunately, coffee and tea are highly acidic. So, if you often drink these hot drinks to get warm, the acidic effects they have on your body may do the opposite and make you feel cold all the time.

Bake Something

If your furnace is not working, and it is cold outside, there is a simple solution to this get your home warmed up: bake something.

Baking warms your home, by running your oven, and fills it full of a delicious aroma of whatever you are baking. Also, you get to eat your baked goods as soon as they are done.

By baking a couple of loaves of homemade bread, you can heat your home by using your oven for nearly a whole hour. Most recipes for baking bread or a dessert bread will require approximately an hour of baking time. This is a good amount of time for your oven's heat to escape and heat your home and kitchen.

After your have baked your homemade bread, and your house is still not warm enough, you can make another batch of bread for your friends or neighbors. 

Drink a Hot Drink

If all else fails and you are still cold, a quick fix to get your hands and body's core warm is by drinking something warm, like hot chocolate. Heat up a mug of hot chocolate either on your stove, or in the microwave and you will be able to feel yourself get warm as you hold onto the warm mug of hot chocolate. 

A mug of hot soup can also give you the same type of result. A type of soup that you can sip at slowly is a good way to warm you up.

Vacuum Your Carpets

When you are cold, there is nothing like physical activity to get your body's temperature up. 

When you vacuum, your body's muscles work more to push and pull the vacuum, thereby increasing blood flow to your body. As your blood flow increases, it will move heat out to your limbs and skin, warming them. Quick movements of your muscles causes your body to use calories for energy, which also produces heat. 

As a vacuum pulls air through its nozzle to suck up dirt and dust, the air becomes heated from the vacuum's motor. This warm air has to vent out of the vacuum, to keep the vacuum cooled, so it is expelled through a bottom air escape vent in your vacuum.

The physical activity of vacuuming, combined with the heat produced by your vacuum cleaner can easily warm you up. 

These four creative ways will help you stay warm when the temperature in your home drops. Read on for more information on staying warm.