Brrrr. The cooler weather is here so it’s time to get last minute winter ready! It’s easy to think of how to dress yourself when preparing for the cooler weather. Winter coat. Check. Waterproof boots. Check. Scarf, beanie and gloves. Check. But, how do you prepare your home equally as well so it’s warm and inviting? We have some tips that will help you on your way to achieving a warm and cosy interior this winter.
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Service Your Heat Source
Prior to winter arriving, it’s advisable to get your heating system serviced by a professional. Depending on what your heat source is will of course, depend on who will be required to service it. The State Government of Victoria provides advice on servicing gas heaters here. If you use a fireplace and timber as your homes heating source, arrange for a professional chimney sweep to visit and service the flu and chimney to avoid any unwanted fire.
When renovating your home, efficient insulation in the walls and roof is a must for any dwelling. By not doing so will leave you vulnerable to not only inadequate heating in the winter, but insufficient cooling in the summer. Sustainable Energy Authority Victoria have a terrific information sheet on insulation types.
Interior Window Coverings
Interior window coverings such as curtains and blinds are not only a visual focal point for your room, they serve as a terrific source to help reduce heat loss and trap warmth. This in turn not only assists you in saving money on power bills but also reduces your impact on the environment. On overcast, cold days be sure to close your window coverings. However, on those occasional lovely sunny winter days, make the most of the glorious sunshine and radiant heat, by opening your curtains or blinds that are sun facing. Although these may sound like small, obvious things to do, they will help to minimise the need to solely rely upon your heating system.
Reverse Your Ceiling Fan
Most ceiling fans have a two way mode and of course warm air rises. As such, be sure to switch your ceiling fan so that the blade rotation is working so that it’s pushes the rising warm air back down, to circulate through the room.
It seems obvious but it’s an area that is sometime overlooked. Be sure to close any internal doors for areas that don’t need to be heated e.g. a spare room, the guest room etc. Use items like a fabric snake or under door seals to prevent any warm heat loss or, cool air coming in. Make sure all windows have efficient working seals and close fully.
We all know the mood of a home can help create a feeling of warmth. As the days start to become darker earlier, lighting can play a role in helping create an inviting, welcoming ambience. Items like scented candles and floor and desk lamps achieve this. Be sure to never leave a naked flame burning unattended. The addition of dimmers to existing lighting can also help create warmth and is great for entertaining as it helps create a mood of relaxation. Soft furnishings like cashmere throws on couches also add to the overall warmth of a room.
By following some of these tips, you'll be well on your way to being nice and toasty this winter!