3 Tips for a Winter-Proof Home

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If there’s one thing I hate about winter, it’s having a cold house.  Luckily there are three simple things that can make your house winter-proof while also giving off a warm and cozy feeling.

1. Add Rugs & Fabric

This is kind of a no-brainer.  Adding blankets, pillows, rugs and thick curtains will amp up the coziness in your home.  Get out your seasonal throw blankets and place them over your couch, under your coffee table or pile them in a decorative basket to display in your living room.  The second you’re cold, you have a warm blanket within reach.  Heated blankets do wonders as well – I highly recommend the investment!

Thicker curtains that keep the heat in and shield the cold out are a thing to consider as well. Just make sure to pull them back during the day so your home can absorb all the sunlight!

2. Amp Up Your Fireplace

Fireplaces are the #1 way to make your home warm, cozy and winter-proof.  They are also very cost-efficient in smaller homes, usually being able to carry the owners through an entire winter without having to turn on the heat.

If you don’t have a fireplace, there are many electric options available to you for only a few hundred dollars.  They can be placed anywhere in your home and even imitate the crackling of a real fireplace.  Check out your local home improvement store to see what they have available.

If you’re looking for the real deal, the cost for installing a fireplace ranges from $2,000-$10,000 depending on the materials and how large you want it.  However, the cost is reasonable considering it will be saving you money on your heating bill, and will increase the value of your home in the process!

3. Seal Up Drafts

Obviously, eliminating any drafts on the exterior of your house is a major key to keeping the heat inside.  According to Yahoo! Homes, the easiest way to find drafty spots is to take a lit candle around possible draft points and look for a flicker.  This indicates there is in fact a draft and you will need to patch it with caulk.

If your windows are ancient, consider replacing them and upgrading to energy efficient windows that lock heat in.  This option is only recommended if you plan on living in your current home for more than three or four years, because by then the energy savings will have paid off.

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