Winter Is Coming! (Preparing Your Home For Colder Weather)
Winter is right around the corner, which means it is time to get your home ready for colder weather. If you are like me, being cold is one of my least favorite things so I try and make sure my house feels nice and cozy for when those freezing temperature hit. I also like to try and use the heat in my home as little as possible to decrease that always increasing electricity bill. If you are looking for some ideas on how to warm your home while avoiding the heater as much as you can, check out some of these tips.
Blankets, Blankets, Blankets
One of my favorite things about winter is snuggling up under a cozy blanket. I have more blankets in my home than I know what to do with. Whether they are fluffy, soft, big, small or just used for decoration, I have blankets everywhere. You can use blankets as a nice touch for decorating for the holidays but you also want to make sure they are cozy too for when you need to snuggle up under them. The key is to have a basket or a bin that you can keep all of the blankets in. This will help prevent blankets being strewn all over the house and making it look messy.
Get Your Fireplace Ready
Whether you do it at the end of the winter season the year before or before it begins, you want to make sure you fireplace is clean before the cold weather hits. One day it will be chilly and you will want to run and turn the fireplace on, but you have to make sure it is clean first or else you will have a smoky, bad smelling home from the dirt and dust that has accumulated in your fireplace. Whether it is wood burning or gas, you want to make sure you check your fireplace and make sure it is all clean before you use it. Once it is, make sure to use it as much as you can. There’s nothing better than cozying up by the fireplace on a snowy day.
Turn Your Fans
If you have fans in your home, don’t be afraid to use them in the winter. While it may seem like using a fan would only add to the cold, you can actually use them to help distribute the heat in your home while also decreasing your heating costs. The key is to make sure your fans are turning clockwise. This will cause the cool air to go upward, causing the warm air to be brought down into the warm. If you are worried about still feeling the cool air from the speed of the fan, turn it down to its lowest setting. This will still help add heat to your home and is a great way to cut back costs.
Candles Aren't Just For Smelling
One of my favorite things to do during winter is to light some festive candles and make my home smell wonderful. While the scents of winter add an extra touch to my home, the candles are also great at helping keep the house warm. I do not suggest going out and getting an enormous amount of candles because they can be expensive, but a few on each floor of your home will add a decorative touch and will also help to keep the heat.
Winter weather does not have to mean always being cold.
If you try some of these tips, you will be able to help keep your house nice and warm while also keeping it neat and tidy.
Stay warm and enjoy this winter season!