It’s that time of year when the winter blues really take hold and the cold snowy weather begins to wear on us New Englanders, even in the comfort of our own homes! Dry winter air, chilly drafts, and lack of sunlight can be a drag, but the good news is that by now we are past the half-way point and spring is just around the corner! The even better news? You can keep yourself comfortable and fend off the winter time blues right now with some help from Richmond Hardware, your local Braintree, Massachusetts hardware store.
What are the “Winter Blues”?
The “winter blues” is a nickname given to a set of symptoms commonly associated with seasonal affective disorder. While some people experience these symptoms more than others, nearly everyone is familiar with the common cold-weather gripes: difficulty staying warm, lack of sunlight, dry skin, and (in some cases) winter allergies. Most people are driven indoors during the cold months as they try to escape the uncomfortable weather, but going inside only shelters us from some of the elements.
Four walls and a roof can keep out the snow but when talking about winter in New England, dry air and drafts seem inevitable. Why tough it out and put up with these inconveniences when you can fight back?
Here are our 3 tips on how to beat the winter blues in your home:
- Keep drafts out – Whether looking to balance out the temperature in the rooms within your home or heat your garage/workspace, Richmond Hardware has you covered with a variety of space heaters to suit any need. Choose from popular and reliable brands like Holmes, Midea, Jarden, and Honeywell. We also supply products to help winterize your windows and doors to block drafts and improve insulation.
- Combat dry skin and winter allergies – A quality indoor humidifier can remedy a surprising number of winter blues symptoms. Dry skin can be a serious hassle when the temperatures drop and humidity becomes scarce. In addition, winter allergies are made even worse by dry nasal passageways caused by the dry winter air. A humidifier can make a big difference in your battle against the winter blues by making your indoor environment more livable and comfortable as humidity will help with both dry skin and allergies.
- Be prepared with plenty of winter supplies – There’s nothing worse than getting caught in bad weather without the tools and gear to properly deal with it. Keeping your home stocked with the winter supplies you need to take on snow and ice is an important part of preparing for winter. This will keep your property in tip-top shape and you’ll get a mental boost when you realize you have everything you need to handle adverse weather.
It always takes some time to get accustomed to the long winter months here in New England, but you don’t have to let it get the best of you. Visit Richmond Hardware at 899 Washington Street in Braintree and our knowledgeable employees will help outfit you with everything you need to beat the winter blues!