Keeping Warm Working From Home – 7 Cosy Ideas

Keeping warm working from home isn’t as cheap as it was when the pandemic first started due to the increased prices of gas and electricity. As someone who has worked from home, I always looked at how I could keep warm, especially in winter months, without turning on the central heating for the entire house.

In this article, I’ll go through  7 simple, cheap ways you can keep warm working from home.

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Keeping Warm Working From Home

Keeping warm working from home is really important, because nothing is worse than feeling cold and shivering on those cold, dark winter days. This article is for you if you:

  • You work from home regularly.
  • You work from home and are alone in your home.
  • You want to keep gas bills down by not turning on full house central heating.
  • You struggle to stay warm whilst working from home.

The third point here is really important.

If you wouldn’t ordinarily turn on your central heating during the day (because you and everyone else would normally be at work/school etc), then you are increasing your costs substantially, especially with the skyrocketing energy prices we have seen through 2022 and beyond.

So here’s a few ideas to get you going, and hopefully, keeping you warm working from home whilst also saving money on energy costs around your home.

1. Layer Up

The easiest way to keep warm when working from home is to use layers to increase the amount of material that will keep warmth naturally generated by your body within your body – and to keep cold air out.

To keep this warmth from escaping, you’ll need clothing that is tight fitting, but also comfortable.

That’s where thermal underwear can play a big part keeping warm working from home.

Thermal underwear is worn under normal clothing (so great if you need to be on camera with Skype or Zoom), and is usually made with fleece like material keeping you warm and snug – without anyone knowing.

Of course, wearing a cosy fleeced jumper, cardigan or seatshirt will also help you keep your natural warmth in as well, as well as keeping the cold air out.

2. Socks & Slippers

If you’re like me, working from home during the winter causes me one big frustration – cold feet!

There’s no need for smart shoes like you normally would going into the office.

Nope, you can buy the comfiest, warmest socks you can find, like the ones below for example.

SIMIYA Merino Wool Socks for Men, Winter Thick Hiking Socks, Thermal Breathable Crew Mens Socks for Outdoor Sports, 5 Pairs
  • [HIGH QUALITY MATERIAL]: Our mens wool socks are knitted with good quality merino wool, nylon and spandex for high elasticity and lots of softness. Feel soft and comfy after you get your feet in. These thick and thermal socks for men have a great relief of foot pressure especially when you’re heading out for hiking.
  • [TOASTY WARM]: Thickened material contributes to strong thermal function. Each comfortable pair of wool socks mens like a stove during cold and chilly winter, keep your feet warm and cozy all winter long. Your feet will thank you later.

Thermal socks will keep your feet much better protected against coldness than normal, everyday socks, and they are a must buy.

And if that isn’t enough, why not also couple them with some ultra soft, ultra comfy, ultra warm slippers?

Just make sure you order a size above what you’d normally order to account for the thick thermal socks!

3. Draft Excluders

Keeping your body heat in is important, but keeping cold air outside your home is even more important – whether your workig from home or not.

Drafts in your home in the winter are both unpleasant and costly, so it pays to exclude any drafts you can feel as soon as possible.

fowong Draught Excluder for Doors, Windows Brush Seal Weatherstrip 4.9m(L) x 9 mm(W) x 9mm(T) Insulation Tape Draught Excluder for Door, Air Stopper for Sliding Window- Grey
  • ECONOMIC & PRACTICAL – A small investment used on your windows & doors to improve energy efficiency by sealing gaps and leaks which allow outside air to enter, and inside conditioned air to escape
  • ADHESIVE PILE WEATHER STRIPPING – Brush Door Seal Weather Strip is constructed of woven brown pile material, 9 mm in height and a 9 mm wide, total 4.9 m, with self-adhesive backing

A draft excluder can be used on an interal door – such as the door leading to your home office, but they can also be used on windows and will help keep the warm air in, and the cold air out.

4. Hot Water Bottles

If you get particulary cold whilst working from home, consider using a water bottle.

It’s one of the most basic and simple of ideas, but will help keep you warm with a direct heat source that you can place on your chair, on your lap, or even at your feet.

samply Hot Water Bottle with Knitted Cover, 2L Hot Water Bag for Hot and Cold Compress, Hand Feet Warmer, Neck and Shoulder Pain relief, Gray
  • [Premium Material] Made of premium material, more durable. Hot water bottle can be used as hot or cold compress to relieve muscle soreness, dysmenorrhea, and sports injuries.
  • [Unique design] The bottle is transparent, water level can be read clearly when filling; bottle has wide mouth, so it is easier to fill water.

5. Hot Drinks

Tea, coffee, hot choclate, green tea – whatever your favourite hot drink, make sure to keep hydrated and stay warm with plenty of hot drinks throughout your working day.

A hot drink is no substitute for any other idea on this page, but it will warm your core slightly according to The National Library of Medicine, and of course, will put you in a better mood.

Just don’t forget the hobnobs.

6. Blankets

Having a nice warm blanket draped across your lap, or even over your shoulders, is a great way of keeping warm working from home.

Not only does it feel super cosy, it’s a very cheap option, because you’ll likely already have blankets around your home.

keeping warm working from home blankets

It’s probably not the best look on a zoom call though, so do remeber to get the blanket out of shot before your boss comes on asking for the weeklies.

7. Portable Heaters

Portable heaters are a great way of warmng just one room of a house, instead of firing up the central heating for the entire house.

The heaters are reasonably priced to buy, and reasonably cheap to run. They are also easy to set up – unbox, plug in, and hey presto you have heat.

Below is an excellent choice that offers low wattage output (meaning less electricity used), whilst also packing a punch and heating a small office to keep you warm and toasty.

Warmlite WL44002 Thermo Fan Heater with 2 Heat Settings and Overheat Protection, 2000W, White
  • 2 POWER SETTINGS: Choose from 1000W and 2000W of power to get your home or office space heated effectively
  • ADAPTS TO THE CLIMATE: With three heat settings of cool, warm and hot, this fan heater is the ideal companion for all year round. Simply amend between the settings to your desired choice

If you do have your central heating on during the day, do make sure to bleed your radiators for maximum efficiency.

Summary

Keeping warm working from home doesn’t have to be expensive, and you don’t necessarily have to have the central heating on all day at huge personal expense.

The ideas above are just that – ideas with some suggested products.

However, in the current climate of high energy costs, buying some thermal underwear and slippers is going to be a far sight cheaper than having the central heating on at full blast all day long.

But saying that, don’t go to the extreme – if it’s -2c outside, and the house is like an ice box, do make sure you treat yourself now and again by putting the central heating on.

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Richard

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