Winter strikes with a ferocious bite, and the cold it brings can seem to last a lifetime. A cold house is the fastest killer of productivity and self-motivation that can be brought about seasonally, and this goes double for getting up early on a winter morning.
Keeping your house warm when winter is tightening its grip on your early morning workout routine can be challenging, and unlike a barbecue area, which can be fixed for winter with some outdoor heating, the inside of your house is marginally harder to warm up and keep warm. We’ll explore some methods of keeping your home heated year round, in the hopes that it will lead to a warmer, cozier you.
A fireplace in the home is a great way to warm up your main areas and immediately connecting hallways without needing to pay huge electricity or gas bills. Fireplaces can be somewhat unsightly if not maintained properly, so always make sure to take care of your fireplace, and the aesthetic of your home won’t be threatened by the source of its warmth.
A novel way to heat up your outdoor area is to install a fire pit in your backyard.
Fire pits are usually large fireplace-like areas that are sunken into the ground to prevent the spread of fire in your yard and to make cleanup easier too. A fire pit of a larger size can help to heat your backyard for a cold winter’s night spent outside, and the entertainment factor can’t be missed with toasted marshmallows and all the fun that a fire brings.
Windows are actually responsible for a large amount of heat loss in homes, and a lack of curtains on windows is a surprising source for many people’s chilly morning winter woes. A set of venetian blinds might keep the light out, but it certainly doesn’t keep the heat in, so try investing in heavy fabric curtains to keep your rooms warm at night.
The cold embrace of an icy wooden floor on a toasty foot is a signature of the villainous personification of winter, and there isn’t much that can be done about it, short of putting on shoes and socks for every quick trip to the kitchen. A cold floor also negatively affects the warmth of your house in a broader sense, so buying rugs to cover up your cold, hardwood floors is a great idea if your goal is a warm and welcoming home.
Getting double glazed windows installed in your home is a bit pricey, but the result is a soundproof window pane that doubles as an insulator of sorts. Double-glazing refers to the act of putting two panes immediately next to each other in a frame and creating a vacuum between them, causing a buffer zone to form for temperature changes, and also restricting the ability of sound to travel into your home. These are both wonderful things to add to a cold house in a noisy street
A sparsely-decorated home is also, usually, a cold home. Many people don’t realize the insulation that tables, couches, footrests, armchairs, and desks offer, as they help to become a thermal center for the home and keep the temperature stable. Getting more furnishings is a surefire way to stabilize the temperature of your home, without needing to open up the walls to add more insulation.
Finally, separating your rooms by closing off the doors and hallways is a good way to keep certain sections of your home warm. If your bedroom is at the end of a long hallway, and the living room is at the other end, any open doors in that hallway will prevent the warm air from the living room reaching your room. Close those extra doors to help your room reach a toasty temperature.
With these tips, your home can maintain a cozy temperature all year round, and never will you need to wake up shivering from the omnipresent frost of the winter months.