As the cold winter approaches, it becomes more enjoyable to spend time indoors, feeling warm and cozy. There are some great ways that you can make your home not only feel warm but actually make it warm. This article talks about some helpful ways you can do this that also conserve energy which will save you money. This article also covers some simple decorating tips that will help make your home feel “warmer”. In the following article by Energy.Gov, they discuss some energy-saving tips that will make your house feel comfortable:
Fall and Winter Energy-Saving Tips
If you haven’t already, conduct an energy assessment to find out where you can save the most, and consider making a larger investment for long-term energy savings.
Take Advantage Of Heat From The Sun
- Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
This section was originally found on the “Energy.Gov” website which can be viewed here.
By following these simple steps you can save money and keep your house warm. There are also some easy decorating tips that you can use to give your house a warmer “feel”. In the following article titled, “Top Ways to Cozy Up Your Home“, by Better Homes And Gardens, they discuss some great ways you can implement these “warm” decorating ideas into your home:
Top Ways to Cozy Up Your Home
Add a Throw Blanket
Nubby knits are an ideal companion for chilly nights at home with a movie. Plus, they temporarily add seasonal pattern and color to your home.
Pile Up Pillows
Paired with a warm blanket, pillows become snuggle buddies during on-the-sofa homework help or bill paying. Look for pillows with a lot of texture.Then pile them on the sofa and think about investing in or making larger ones for the floor.
These steps are simple and can make a huge difference in making your house go from a “cool” feeling to a “cozy” feeling. This will help make your household members feel comfortable in your home during the winter months. There are also some additional steps that you can take which will help your household members prevent from getting sick. In the following article by Houselogic, they discuss some great ways you can implement some immunity boosters into your home to add to the cozy feeling:
The Warm and Cozy Home
You’ll feel coziest in a healthy indoor environment that keeps allergies at bay and reduces your chances of getting sick.
4. Get plants. Some indoor plants, like golden pothos and gerbera daisies, are particularly adept at sucking up nasty VOCs — the vapors emitted from household cleaners, paints, and dry cleaning. And since plants increase humidity levels, they help decrease household dust.
5. Vacuum while your thermostat is set to “fan on.” This helps filter dust that gets kicked-up while cleaning. Just leave the fan on for about 15 minutes after you finish vacuuming and switch it back to “auto” afterward. HVAC blowers aren’t intended to run all the time.
6. Change your HVAC filter every couple months (monthly if you have pets) to prevent excess dust from circulating.
Tip: Combat superbugs with copper. If you’re planning to upgrade your kitchen or bathroom fixtures, consider classic and homey-looking copper or a copper alloy like brass. A three-hospital study in 2011 found that bacteria can only survive on copper for a few minutes, but germs can live on stainless steel for weeks.
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The above tips will prevent your household members from getting sick and will also create a mood-lifting sensation that can be necessary during the dark days of winter. This article covers ways to make your home feel more welcoming and efficient this winter.
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