To say that this winter has been a cold one would be an understatement. There is no doubt that the weather the last few weeks has lead you to question why on earth you live in a place where it gets to -30 degrees celsius, because I know I have. Although we cannot do anything about the weather, we can ensure that our homes stay cozy amidst all of the snow and slush. Here are some easy tips.
Add Some Area Rugs
It has been said that up to 10% of heat escapes out from your floors, making area rugs a great addition to any room not just because of the colour and style they bring, but also for their practical use. Just another reason to purchase that beautiful rug that you have been eyeing forever.
Use Your Fireplace
Fireplaces are the best when living in a cold climate. There is nothing like sitting beside the fire with friends and family, defrosting from the weather outside. It is important to have your fireplace (gas fireplace and wood burning) inspected before the winter season in order to ensure that it works and is safe.
Run Ceiling Fans in Reverse
This may seem like a silly idea but this actually works to keep a room warm. When fans circulate clockwise, they direct the warm air downward toward you.
Seal All Windows and Doors
Ensure that all of your windows and doors are completely sealed from the outside as this can dramatically increase your energy bills and make your home cold. This may seem like an obvious tip, yet most people tend to ignore the drafts of cold air coming from their doors and windows.
Change Your Sheets
Your bed: the comfy and cosiest place in your home. If you find yourself still a little chilly laying in bed during these dark and frigid winter nights, look to invest in some warm sheets. Flannel is a great material for warm winter sheets as it is thick and does a good job of insulating your body heat. If all else fails, add some comfy throw blankets too!
Seal Off Any Unused Rooms
This is the simplest little trick to use in order to keep your home as cozy as possible. By closing the doors to any rooms that you do not regularly use, you are preventing the warm air from moving around to other parts of your house.
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