Getting Ready for Cold Weather in Warm Climates

After some unseasonably warm weather, temperatures are changing across the state. As a new cold snap settles in, have you thought about what you can do to make the cold weather a little more tolerable for you and your house?

Chances are, you will spend a lot of time in your house in the next couple of weeks, so starting with house cleaning is the best thing you can do. If you’ve fallen behind, hiring a maid service can help you catch up.

Here are some other things you can do to ease the chill:

  • Wake up a little earlier. Those few extra minutes in the bed could be used to get your car nice and warm for when you have to leave. About 10 minutes before you need to be leaving, run outside and start the car. When you get in, any frost on the windows should be gone (or melted enough to run the wipers over) and much more comfortable!
  • Heat it up! It’s much more common to see a tumbler of sweet ice tea or cold soda around here, but for the cold-weather, a departure might be worth the effort. If you aren’t a coffee drinker or if it gives you the jitters if you drink it in the afternoon, try a cup of hot tea or apple cider.
  • Remember layers. It’s not uncommon to have a day that starts at 25 degrees and ends at 70, so get used to wearing layers. A light shirt, a sweater, and a coat will give you the protection you want from the cold but will be versatile as the temperature rises throughout the day.
  • Save the plants! If you have potted plants outside, bring them in for the night. Tuck them in the garage or put them just inside the back door where they will avoid the frost.

While most of the country is dreading snow, we are often looking skyward, asking for a few flakes. Even if it doesn’t snow, though; it pays to be prepared for the cold!