Keep Home Cozy: Winter Tips For Northern Michigan
Winter is coming quickly, and we've already seen a few days of snow. Is your home ready for the cold? Here a few things to remember to keep your home a welcoming place for your family and friends, and they'll save you money, too.
Making these cold months more enjoyable can be as simple as looking at two things. First, make sure there is something out-of-doors that you're excited about. Having a an activity to look forward to that gets you into the snow can make the short days more fun. Whether it's skiing, fat biking, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, or even a long walk in your neighborhood, getting yourself outside can actually make the season much more enjoyable.
The second thing you can do is make sure your home is comfortable, warm, and inviting. Taking simple steps to improve the insulation, heating, and air quality can drastically impact how much your enjoy time around the house this winter.
The simple things can often make the biggest difference. Take time to cover drafty windows, gaps in doorways, and make sure your dampener is closed on your fireplace to make sure your heat stays in and the cold stays out. In addition to being inefficient and costly, these small drafts can make certain spaces in your home uncomfortable. And you should be comfortable; it's okay to use the heat, but doing so intelligently can save you money. Invest in a programmable thermostat and change the temperature to fit your lifestyle. Keep the heat low when you're gone or sleeping, but make sure your space is cozy while you're at home and lounging around.
If your home doesn't have a fireplace, consider investing in a pellet or wood stove to further reduce heating costs. It's a charming way to use a different heat source and heat specific spaces, and often for less.
Finally, when your home is sealed up and insulated well, make it inviting. Hang photographs or art on the walls, invest in proper lighting and furniture and make home a place you want to spend time. We suggest making your family space the best place in the house, helping to bring everyone together in a single room.
Ready for winter? We are, too!
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