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10 Ways To Stay Warm in Your Home Office

Working from home? Stay warm with the help of these tips.

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Reduce Drafts

Do a quick assessment and see if there are ways to keep cold air out. Add insulated sealers to electrical outlets. Check out these draft stoppers for windows and this guide to draft stoppers beneath a door.

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Turn On Your Ceiling Fan

Ceiling fans may be best known for keeping you cool in the summer, but they can also help you stay more comfortable in the winter. To circulate and push down warm air, reverse the direction of your fan. Look for a switch on the motor housing. In winter, fan blades should be rotating clockwise.

If you’re in the market for a ceiling fan, here’s our buying guide and instructions on how to install one.

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Purchase a Space Heater

Space heaters come in all shapes and sizes to fit just about any budget. But be careful. Don’t plug space heaters into extension cords or power strips, which can overheat, and don’t use the same outlet as your computer, modem and other essential electronics. Be sure to follow safety recommendations and turn heaters off when you leave the room.

Here’s our guide to space heaters for every room.

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Add Soft Furnishings

Look for insulating window blinds and thermal curtains to reduce drafts and help keep rooms warmer. Add rugs to make the floor less chilly and keep a throw or lap blanket near your desk chair.

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Heating Pad via amazon.com

Warm Your Chair

Take inspiration from automobile seat warmers and plug in a heating pad you might already have. Put it on your chair to take the edge off an early morning chill, tuck it behind your back or rest it on your lap. You can also find heating pads that wrap around your neck and drape over your shoulders.

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Heat Your Feet

No one sees your feet when you work from home, so indulge in a pair of cushioned wool hiking socks (wool is worth the higher price) and warm shoes or slippers. An outdoor trick you can bring indoors: Put air-activated foot warmers in your shoes on the coldest days.

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Dress with Base Layers

Layer up wisely with body-hugging soft base layers beneath your shirts and pants to hold the heat and wick any sweat that can create a chill. Invest in a few pair of leggings and undershirts that can be rotated during the work week.

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Choose a Warm Hat and Scarf

Your mother was right! We lose most of our body heat through our heads, so covering up can do wonders. Seek stylish hat options from lightweight beanies to berets and wool fedoras. Scarves, too, can be colorful and help retain warmth.

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Try a Wearable Blanket

If you’re someone who’s always cold and loves cushy blankets, a softshell version of The Mozy wraps securely around your legs with hook-and-loop fasteners. You can even get up to grab a snack without it falling off!

The Mozy was created for the outdoors, which makes it ideal for cool days on the patio or watching sports from the bleachers. The Comfy, a blanket shaped like an oversized hoodie, might be too casual for video meetings, but it offers another cozy option when you’re off camera.

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Hydroflask Mugvia amazon.com

Keep Your Drinks Hot

Warm yourself from the inside out with a hot cup of coffee, tea, broth or hot water with lemon and honey. Purchase a good Thermos to keep your drink of choice piping hot all day and generally safe from potential spills.

Hydroflask ranks among the favorite options, but most double-walled, vacuum-sealed thermal cups or tumblers should do the trick. Bonus: In the summer they keep drinks icy cold.

If you have plenty of electrical outlets and no kids or pets to mess with the cord, a cup warmer base is another option. These won’t warm a cold drink but will keep a hot drink warm.

Lisa Meyers McClintick
Lisa Meyers McClintick is an award-winning Minnesota-based freelancer specializing in travel across the Upper Midwest and to national parks across the United States. She has been a longtime contributor to USA Today, Midwest Living magazine, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and also has written for Minnesota Monthly, TravelChannel.com and AAA publications. Her specialties include watching wildlife and birding, harvest travel, hands-on art and history, gardens and wildflowers, quirky small towns and scenic outdoors. She's a member of Society of American Travel Writers and Midwest Travel Journalists Association, which named her the 2019 Travel Writer of the Year. She's also an award-winning photographer and teaches workshops on memoir and creative writing, photography, travel, and creating sketchbooks and journals.