Waking up early morning is getting harder every day, isn’t it? Well when you’re all curled up under a warm blanket, it can be hard to crawl out of it and face the early morning chill! At the risk of sounding like a Game of Thrones fan, I’d say that this is probably the best indication that ‘Winter is Coming’. The cold evening air and early morning fog is welcome, especially after the recent heat. However, winter does require a little more prep than other seasons. Everyone thinks about getting warm clothes and footwear for winter, but what about your home? In the midst of the upcoming holidays, you need to remember that your home needs warming up too!
Yes, your skin and hair need some TLC for the coming season, but so does your home! Get all set to welcome winter with our 7 tips to prepare your home for the cold season.
7 Tips to Prepare your Home for the Cold Season
1. Get Everything Inspected
Well before winter arrives and you need them, get your heater, geyser, fireplace and chimney inspected by professionals. Make sure everything is in working condition and with proper safety regulations in place. If anything doesn’t serve your purpose or consumes too much energy, it’s worth your while to get a new one.
2. Seal Openings
Inspect all areas of your home for any openings that may let in cold air. Some windows may have a slight gap with the wall – this is the time to seal them off. Check all vents and windows – ensure they shut properly. This is especially important if you have pretty severe winters.
3. Go for Thicker Furnishings
Thick furnishings help to keep things warm indoors, while also lending a cosy fee. Go for heavy curtains to provide some insulation from the cold. Add throws or light blankets on your sofa or couch so that you can be nice and toasty at any time during the day.
4. Bring Plants Indoors
If you have a lot of plants resting on your porch or in your balcony, do a quick check on them before winter gets here. Some plants don’t mind the cold, while others need to stay warm. Consult your local nursery if you’re not sure about what to do with your plants and follow their instructions accordingly.
5. Cover the Floor
When it’s cold outside, it’s quite likely that you’ll spend a good amount of time indoors, so make sure the floors are protected! Lay down thick carpets, rugs or dhurries so that your feet don’t get cold. If you have family members prone to allergies, be sure to get them professionally cleaned before winter and vacuum regularly afterward.
6. Use Aromatic Candles
Obviously, candles won’t give you the warmth of a blazing fire place, but they still help to warm up your home, especially during evenings. Go for candles with gentle warming aromas, like spice. Place them around the room for an enveloping warmth.
7. Set up a Humidifier
Okay, I admit a humidifier isn’t essential in every home, but it can significantly improve quality of life for many people. As it gets colder, the air gets drier. A humidifier retains some moisture in the air, and helps with dry skin, chapped lips, nose bleeds and other winter-related health problems.
In our country, winter takes on a different look from state to state and the severity of the cold varies greatly. Pick the tips to prepare your home for the cold season among the ones most applicable to your area and implement them, so that you and your family have a warm and lovely winter and holiday season!