5 Inventions to Help You Get Through Winter


As the temperature outside drops lower and lower, you look at the calendar and realize you’re in for a long, cold winter. To help make the winter more bearable, anything that can provide even a little warmth is worthy of your consideration. Here are some clever inventions that will make this winter go by a little bit faster.

Heated Coats

For as long as the coat has existed, you would have to depend on it to trap your body heat next to your skin, thus keeping you warm. This is a pretty good system, but it never hurts to have a little assistance. Enter the heated coat. These little miracles are equipped with a battery pack that sends power through wires sewn into the lining of the coat. As the wires slow the flow of electricity, they heat up, providing an extra layer of protection against that blustery winter wind.

Heated Driveways and Sidewalks

Okay, so the driveways and sidewalks themselves aren’t heated, but with clever snow melting mats like the ones from Powerblanket, you will end up with the same convenient result. These bad boys melt snow and ice the moment the frozen stuff hits the ground, keeping your driveway and sidewalks totally clear. Not only does this keep you and your family safe, it also allows you to get in your house more quickly, thus spending as little time in the cold as possible. Not to mention the lack of shoveling, plus the lower risk of a slip and fall injury on your property that results in a homeowner’s insurance claim.

Heated Towels

How many times have you reached the end of your nice, warm shower, only to be shocked back into reality the moment a cold towel touched your skin? With a heated towel rack, this never has to happen again. Just lay your towel on the rack as you start your shower, and by the time you finish, you’ll have a towel that’s not only not cold but is more like a warm hug than a bath towel. This warm towel helps to take away the shock when you finally have to step out of the shower and into the bathroom, which is likely to feel less warm on your damp skin.

Heated Floors

Speaking of staying warm in the bathroom, the only thing worse than throwing on a cold towel after a warm shower is stepping onto a frigid tile floor. Cold feet can quickly make your entire body cold, instantly evaporating the radiating warmth you gained by taking a hot shower. If you have heated floors, though, it will be easy to stay warm while you get dressed, do your hair, and get ready for your day (or for bed, depending on when you shower). Plus, when you have to sneak into the bathroom in the middle of the night, heated floors will ensure your feet stay warm so that you can go back to sleep more quickly.

What It’s All About

Being able to keep you and your family warm and comfortable during the winter is one of the main reasons you have a home in the first place. Don’t lose sight of this fact as you consider different inventions that can assist you in achieving this goal. Look for those areas where you get cold the most often, and then find the solution that exists, or create one of your own if you can’t find anything. Being prepared to face winter head-on is truly rewarding, especially as you’re inside, totally warm, enjoying a freshly-fallen snow.