The nesting instinct kicked in this weekend in my neighborhood. Those cool evenings must be the thing that has inspired it. No time like the present though! Today is the perfect time to start getting your home ready for winter.
Do you need a little help preparing for the cooler days to come? Here is tip that will save you some money, while keeping you more comfortable. Try switching your overhead ceiling fans to a clockwise direction. That helps to pull up cooler air that lingers around the floor and force warmer air down. It doesn’t sound like much, but it might save you a degree or two on your heating bills. Every little bit helps right?
Another thing you can do is to add curtains to your windows. Not only do they add a stylish touch, but they also help to keep cool nighttime air out of the room when your curtains are drawn at night. You can open them up to let the sunshine in come morning, which will naturally warm up the room, but those cool drafts off windows will be minimized in a decorative way, saving you heat and dollars.
One more step to take before turning the furnace on for the winter is to add layers to your wardrobe. It is officially Fall, so those shorts can safely be put away for the season. It is time for sweaters, long pants, hats and maybe even some long johns for the youngest members of the family. That extra layer will help keep your baby warm regardless of the temperature.
Of course, we’ve already suggested extra blankets, but how about going the direct route. Why not eat or drink warmer items? Start making soups to warm your bones. A roast in the oven warms up the house at the same time that it bakes up a tasty dinner for the family. And nothing says warmth like a steaming mug of hot chocolate on a brisk Autumn day.
What are your best tips to keep warm when the mercury drops in the Fall?