As the cooler temperatures persist and continue to drop, there’s nothing quite like being in a warm, cozy home. In order to enjoy that benefit, you have to become intentional about your approach. Consider these four ways you can keep your home and family comfortable during the cold season.
Use Heavier Curtains
Don’t underestimate the power of heavier curtains. If you have drafty windows, you’ll want to get them replaced because you’ll end up allowing the heat to escape. This ends up wasting the precious heat that’s pumping to get your home warm. In the meantime, always purchase curtains with heavier fabrics. Don’t be afraid to layer the window treatments as well. In addition to using saran wrap and tape to keep the windows sealed during the winter, add heavier curtains to ward off the cold air that can potentially come through the cracks.
Check on the Heating Unit
There’s nothing worse than dealing with a broken HVAC unit in the middle of a brutally cold winter. Make sure you always keep extra money aside in an emergency fund. When an unexpected breakdown happens with your heating unit, you can easily handle the heating repair without a big fuss.
Use Space Heaters in Smaller Spaces
It can be very expensive to heat up an entire home. This is especially a waste if you don’t have people in all of the rooms all the time. Instead, set the thermostat to a reasonable temperature like 69 or 70 degrees at all times. Purchase small space heaters for each room. Make sure the space heaters have timers on them. If you know you and your family love to hang out in the living and dining rooms in the evening, you can turn those heaters on, enjoy the heat and save money.
Use Humidifiers and Diffusers
During the colder months, the air can get really dry. When this happens, it’s difficult for many people to breathe. In order to make sure the air quality is at the right level, it’s a great idea to keep a humidifier and a diffuser on every level of the home. The humidifier will add moisture to the air. There’s usually a thermostat you can get to monitor what the air quality is like. You can also add essential oils to the diffusers in order to release therapeutic scents into the air.
As you implement these tips this winter, you’ll be able to breathe a sigh of relief. These are some of the most important ways to keep your home comfortable and cozy until the warmer temperatures return.