Now that summer officially ends on the 22nd of September; winter is coming. It is time to start getting your home ready for winter. As the months get colder and colder, most people find themselves spending most of their time indoors. There are a few simple things you can do to ensure your home stays comfy throughout the fall and winter.
Cozy Up Your Interiors
The transition from summer to fall provides the perfect time to make your home a cozy retreat throughout the winter.
- Layer beddings
Layer in pillow pairs and swap your light flowery prints with warmer and more luxurious beddings. Make sure to include the best bamboo sheets, and introduce a decorative throw across the foot of your bed to add a warm, cozy touch.
- Warm up your floors
There is nothing worse than a cold floor with bare feet. Consider layering area rugs to fend off icy feet. Area rugs are also an excellent way to add color and texture to your floors
- Line your table with fabric
Uncovered tables are perfect for summer. Get cozy by dressing up your table with a runner. You can get creative by using a thin blanket, a long scarf or a fabric remnant as a runner.
- Plush throws
Plush throws have a way of warming up a living room. Hand woven nubby knits are the perfect companion for chilly mornings and nights. They are also perfect for adding color, warmth and texture to your home.
- Prepare the fireplace
Prepare your fireplace for its seasonal debut. You can have a professional check it for any gas leaks, odd smells or any other safety hazards. Also, have it professionally cleaned before you light the first fire.
As fall sets in, it is time to button up your home and jackets too. As you prepare your home for winter, there are some essential things you can do to prepare your roof for the extreme weather.If, for example, your home needs a new roof, then it is the high time to get it done.
- Clean the gutters
Leaves and debris tend to collect in your gutter during the fall. This may cause clogs that make rain water to overflow, damaging your roof. To prevent these issues, make sure that you keep your gutters clean throughout the fall.
- Check for damages and deterioration
Scan your roof for missing shingles or those that are worn out. Replace and repair any damages to stay out of trouble during the winter.
- Check Insulation for water infiltration
Scan your roof for areas where water is infiltrating to damage the insulation. A wet or damaged insulation causes your heating costs to skyrocket in the winter months. Make sure to fix the leaks on your roof and replace any damaged insulation.
Before the cold weather hits in, take some time to clean all the dust and pollen that has collected on your windows over spring and summer. While you are cleaning, check your window screens to confirm that there are no holes and that they are firm. Additionally, check to see that all your window seals are working properly. You can put your hand near the seal to test if you feel a draft. If you do, you need to fix them immediately before the weather changes.
If you opt to replace your windows altogether, choose double or triple pane windows. They are more energy efficient. Also, make sure you hire a professional to do a perfect job replacing your windows.