Depending on where you live, the cold winter weather can be dreadful to experience. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to make your home as comfortable and as cozy as you can. This way, you don’t have to spend your days treading out in the blizzard or freezing temperatures and instead can enjoy the warmth and comfort of your own home. Use the following tips to help you make your home cozy this winter.
Blankets are not just a winter necessity, but they can also make your home feel cozier. Blankets add a sense of comfort to your home’s decor, and it also provides an easy way to snuggle up on a cold night and take in a movie or just enjoy the company of family.
If you have a fireplace in your home, use it during the winter to experience comfort and warmth all around. If you don’t, that’s okay. You can still experience the ambiance of a fire. You can either have a real fireplace installed in your home, or you can opt for a faux fire that uses electricity instead of gas. This is a great (and cheaper) alternative that will still provide the warmth and sight (and sometimes sound) of a real fire. Plus, using a fireplace in addition to your gas furnace can help keep your home warmer for less money.
Hardwood floors may provide a seamless and classic look to the house, but they can also be cold. Complement the look of your hardwood with an attractive and comfortable rug. Choose something that is soft to the touch and warm on your feet, such as cow skin rugs or shag rugs. These will not only provide the warmth your feet want, but they’ll also complement the style and decor of your home too.
If you have rooms in your home that tend to be colder in the winter, consider getting a personal heater to place in the room. These come in a variety of sizes, so you can get one that will either warm up the room or choose a small one you can place by you while you lounge around. They also come in many different styles too, so you can easily choose a heater that fits your decor for a cozy and attractive room.
If you truly want your home to stay cozy this winter, you need to do everything you can to prevent the cold air from getting in. Make sure that you check to ensure all windows are closed and that they lock properly. If you notice a draft, either have the window fixed or consider a temporary treatment, such as insulating it with a temporary sealant. You should also check for drafts from doors too and use sealer on these areas too.
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If the weather is really cold outside, your furnace is going to work extra hard to keep your home warm. You can help decrease your energy costs (and your energy bill) by making the job easier on your furnace. Keep your thermometer set to a comfortable level, and be sure to adjust it throughout the day. For example, if you’re not home during the day, allow it to be a little colder than when you’re home. Automatic timer thermostats are the best for this.
You should also close vents in rooms you don’t use. This way, your furnace will not try to send heat to that room and instead will distribute air only to the rooms that you need warm.
Keeping your home cozy this winter is easy when you use these tips.