When you hear the word “luxurious,” you might think “fancy and frivolous.” But when it comes to winterizing your home, aiming for luxury isn’t so much about looking chic as it is about feeling cozy.
While many of the steps to winterizing your home are common sense (i.e. minimizing drafts, sealing up cracks, making sure your heating devices are working efficiently, etc.), it’s nonetheless important to outline the necessary tasks.
First, warm up your windows. If your bedroom feels like the cold outdoors, the culprit could be the lack of insulation in your windows. The reason for drafty windows is often that “with old windows, the glazing putty may have grown brittle and fallen away, leaving the glass rattling in place,” according to HouseLogic. But perhaps you don’t have the budget to replace the windows, in which case you can easily (and affordably) solve the problem by adding weather stripping. The shipping brand Uline offers adhesive-backed white strips that are an attractive alternative to other drab-looking varieties of window sealers.
Next, apply the Feng Shui principle. The Sagamore Companies, an Ohio-based landscaping firm, works closely with clients to help them protect their homes from the characteristically blustery Midwestern winters. Their winterizing advice? Rearrange your furniture.
According to Sagamore:
“Moving large pieces of furniture up against the outer walls of your home is a great way to winterize your home, especially if you’re in an apartment where you can’t make major changes. Large gusts of wind can get even through the siding in your home and through the drywall, so moving the large pieces of furniture against the wall will help stop those gusts of wind in their tracks. Examples of pieces you could move include hutches, couches, dressers, and chests.”
Plus, don’t forget to close the doors to the rooms in your home. This might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s not. When you close the door to whichever room you’re in (or whichever room you’re not in…or never in), then it makes your home more energy efficient. Sagamore Companies says, “This will push the heated air from your furnace into the rooms you use regularly. In the rooms you do use regularly, remember to close your closets. Those spaces don’t need to be heated, and there is no reason to waste energy on them.”
Of course, one of the easiest ways to winterize your home is to winterize your around-the-house wardrobe. So, don’t forget to don your fleecy PJs, snuggly blankets, and bulky sweaters, too!