Just because you’ve set your thermostat back a few degrees, doesn’t mean that you should have to sacrifice comfort.


If you do it right, you may find that you feel even warmer after you lower your thermostat by making a few easy changes. 


Run ceiling fans in reverse (clockwise in the winter) to create an up-draft and pull cool air up. You want to pull cool air up to force the warm air back down because warm air will naturally rise. This will then redistribute warm air, helping you to feel warmer.

  • If you have a remote, the forward button is usually set for summer settings, and the back button for winter.
  • If you have a horizontal toggle switch, you usually need to flip to the right for winter and to the left for summer.
  • If you have a vertical toggle switch, switching up usually means pulling air up for winter.

Use drapes and rugs to help you feel warmer

  • When you are in direct contact with a cold surface, it will pull the heat from your body and make you colder. Use area rugs to cut down on the time your feet spend on cold, hard surfaces.
  • Sitting near exposed windows can cause heat to radiate from your warm body towards the cold glass. If sitting near windows, make sure closing curtains is an option when the sun isn’t warming you up.

Rearrange furniture

  • Make sure heat vents and registers are not blocked during the heating season.
  • If sitting near windows, make sure closing curtains is an option when the sun isn’t warming you up. If you heat with a fireplace, during winter months consider rearranging furniture for better access to the fireplace.

Slipper up!

  • Again, when you are in direct contact with a cold surface, it will pull the heat from your body and make you colder. Wear slippers to cut down on the time your feet spend on cold, hard surfaces.

Get cozy under the covers

  • The brushed texture of flannel sheets creates extra air pockets to trap heat, so in addition to being softer, they can also help you stay warmer at night.