12 Best Ways to Cozy Up Your Home for Winter

As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, we start to spend more and more time at home. Now is a great time, before things start freezing and the snow starts blowing, to ensure that your home is ready for winter. By getting your furnace ready, prepping your pantry, and ensuring your warm winter bedding is washed, clean, and ready to go, you can make the transition into cold weather so much smoother.

Today, we’re here to bring you some tips on how to cozy up your home for the cold winter months that lie ahead.

1. Get your furnace serviced

If you use central heating, it’s important to get your furnace serviced before you need to start relying on it. The ideal time to do this is during the spring, when most HVAC technicians are available. However, if you’ve forgotten to do this, it’s important to make sure you schedule an appointment before you start relying on your furnace 24/7. It’s a lot harder to find an available HVAC technician during a cold snap, and you may be without heat for several days if your furnace breaks down mid-winter. Also, many furnaces’ warranty will be void if they aren’t serviced every year, so it’s important to schedule an annual technician visit, even if your furnace has been working fine.

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2. Check windows and doorframes

Before the weather dips into winter temperatures, check your windows and doors to make sure that they’re not letting cold air into your home. Start by inspecting the caulking along the window frames from inside and outside the house. If there are any cracks in the caulking, this may be letting air in. If you have older, single-paned windows, check the glazing around the outside of the pane, and make sure the putty holding it in place is intact. You should also check under and around all of the exterior doors to see whether there are any odd gaps that are letting heat out. If there are, you can install weather-stripping to block the heat loss.

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3. Invest in winter window treatments

Another way that you can block heat from leaving your home through the windows is to invest in winter window treatments, like heavier curtains or drapes.

In the summer, sheer curtains or light drapes are all that you really need — after all, you don’t want to block air from getting in and out. In the winter, it’s a good idea to swap out these light, airy window treatments for something more substantial. A heavier curtain or pair of drapes in velvet or damask will not only look indulgent and cozy, they’ll block air from getting out of larger windows and keep warm air circulating inside the room.

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