Ready or not: here comes winter. If you live in a climate that has cold winters, then you know that it’s never too soon to start preparing for the season. We’ll show you some easy ways to make your home cozy for winter.
Accent with luxurious textiles
Now is the perfect time to use the decorative blankets, scarves, and tapestries you’ve been collecting. Toss a colorful blanket or two on your couch. Not only will it add a personal touch to your decor, but you’ll have something soft to wrap up in while you’re enjoying a movie. While you’re at it, add a few pillows to couches and beds to give your home a more inviting feel.
If you have un-carpeted flooring, like tile or hardwood, then consider adding an area rug. No more walking across chilly floors first thing in the morning.
If you dread the thought of cold winter nights, then repeat after me: flannel sheets. Invest in a set of quality flannel sheets and you’ll look forward to pulling them out for years to come.
Play around with drapery
If you don’t have window coverings already, consider adding curtains or valances. Not only will they add personality to any room in your house, but they can also help you keep out cold drafts. Keep curtains open in the day when it’s sunny to let in the heat. Close curtains at night to keep warm air in. If you really want to make your nights cozier, consider adding blackout curtains. They cut out light and noise so that you’ll get an uninterrupted night’s sleep.
Winterize the property
There are lots of things you can do around the house to increase energy efficiency. Take care of these chores before the first flurry flies and you’ll save yourself time in the long-run by avoiding weather-related emergencies. Check out our infographic 10 Ways to Winterize Your Property to get started.
Remember when you told your mother that you were cold, and she told you to put on a sweater? Those wise words can help you keep the heating bill lower. Slipping into a pair of socks or adding an extra layer will help you keep from losing more body heat. So, before you reach for the thermostat, reach for your closet instead.
Improve your air quality
According to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), we spend about 90% of our time indoors.During the colder months, we definitely spend more of our time indoors, so it’s important to make sure to keep air quality in mind. It’s important to clean out air ducts, change your furnace filters, and keep an eye out for mold. It’s also a good idea to air out your home by opening up the windows, even if it’s for less than 10 minutes.
For more information on mold, take a look at our article What You Can Do About Mold in Your Property.