While the temperature is dropping and leaves are falling off the trees may be enough to shivers through your body, the fact is that there is no stopping winter’s arrival so it’s best to find ways to embrace it. One of the best ways you can embrace the winter is by creating a comfortable and cozy home that is perfect for cuddling up in, entertaining friends and family, and just enjoying that extra time indoors. Unsure of what little updates and tips you can use in the home to make it ready for winter, these can act as a great starting point.
Check for Leaks in Window and Door Frames
One of the most common complaints that homeowners have in the winter is that their house feels “drafty”. When that’s the case, people tend to crank up the furnace, which costs more money in utility bills, and it won’t actually stop the drafts. A draft simply means that cold air is able to come into your home and the warm air is escaping to the outdoors.
So before those drafts start popping up, it’s a good idea to look at all your window and door frames and check for cracks and missing caulking. Should they need to be re-caulked, this is a fairly easy DIY job for you to do.
Replace Your Furnace Filter
Because your furnace is about to go into overdrive and start running on a daily basis, this is also a great time to replace your furnace filter. You can actually shop for furnace filters online at places and have them delivered right to your house so you always have a spare one on-hand.
Replacing the filter on a regular basis means the furnace is able to run efficiently and the filter is able to do its job of trapping dust, dust mites, pet hair, pollen, smoke, and bacteria that would otherwise be released into the air.
Place Some Cozy Throws on the Couches
Is there anything better than having a warm and cozy throw blanket to curl up in while on the couch? Not only will it instantly warm you up, but it can even act as décor in the room and help to enhance the existing design and color palette. Just be sure to pick a fabric that is soft and supple to the touch, and is also easy to clean.
Don’t Have a Fireplace – Purchase a Portable Unit
For those who don’t have a fireplace in the home, there’s no reason you have to go without. You can purchase a portable electric fireplace that you can place anywhere you have an electrical socket. It will create ambiance yet you don’t have to worry about venting and fumes. These can be especially nice in a master bedroom or family room.
Enjoy the Time Spent Indoors this Winter
By using these tips, you’ll be able to create a comfortable and cozy home for the winter season, which means you’ll be more than happy to spend that extra time at-home and indoors.