Fall is the ideal time to prepare for the cold climate we are destined to endure each winter. These 5 tips are less about home maintenance and more about seasonal change.
#1 Toasty Toes
If you have tiles, hardwood or concrete floors they are not only chilly underfoot in the winter they also don’t help hold in any heat. An effective way to cozy-up your home this winter is to invest in a rug or two. A well-chosen rug can help insulate the room and your feet from the cold while adding color and texture to a room. They can easily be stored away come springtime.
#2 Save Energy
For the Northern Hemisphere, earlier sunsets during the winter months means it’s time to think about cleaning or replacing dusty light bulbs and lighting fixtures. You’ll be amazed at how this simple task can brighten up your living spaces. Unclean light bulbs provide less light and reduce brightness which is a waste of energy.
On the opposite spectrum, autumn is the perfect time to install a few dimmer switches around the home. Dimming lights can provide a comfortable and inviting ambiance in a room for family gatherings or parties with friends. The extra bonus is when lights aren’t operating at full capacity they use less energy and extend bulb life.
#3 Take comfort in color
The most budget-friendly way to change up a space is with paint. Refresh your color palette for the season to create a cozy and inviting retreat from the cold. To set the mood in a room choose a color that evokes the warmth of summer days. Embrace rich and warming hues like cavern clay – a warm terracotta, olive green or blush pink. For color commitment phobics paint a smaller space or an accent wall.
To balance and unify the coloration in your freshly painted space, accessorizing is key. Look for elements that make you feel happy, go for playful patterns in bold tones or unexpected textures.
If you have ceiling fans, reversing them so that the air is being pulled up is a way to circulate heat. Running the fan’s blades in a clockwise direction will produce an updraft and push down into the room heated air from the ceiling.
#5 Turn up the heat
If you’re lucky enough to have a wood burning fireplace, stocking up on firewood will save you the panic if winter arrives earlier than expected. Keep a few logs indoors within reach of the fireplace. You can DIY furniture for a creative idea when it comes to storing firewood.
For a direct vent fireplace, clean the glass whenever you notice things starting to look a little hazy. Film can build up from minerals in the fuel. A few recommended precautions;
- Do not use an ammonia based cleanser like oven cleaner
- Do not use an abrasive cleanser such as Comet
- Do not use paper towel on the glass surface
Your local dealer will be able to provide a recommendation when it comes to cleaners for your gas fireplace glass.