Warm up your home this Winter

    Living in a place like Teton Valley, Idaho or Jackson, Wyoming where temperatures can dip below O degrees and a big storm is likely to bring a foot of fresh powder has its downfalls, like heating a home. Lots of snow and cold temps do have many benefits, as well. We are lucky enough not to worry about air conditioning in the Summer and are able to enjoy the ski slopes, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing in the Winter. We have a winter wonderland for Christmas and can build our very own Frosty the Snowman. Here are a few tips for keeping a warm, cozy home in  the winter courtesy of  Melissa Tracey.

     

    By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine

    With cooler temperatures, home owners will want to keep a home inviting and cozy, especially if they’re trying to sell it.

    So what are some quick, affordable ways to keep a home warm? A free, new ebook, “The Cure for the Common Cold Room: A Safe & Smart Home Heating Guide,” by ElectricFireplacesDirect.com offers up numerous tips and tricks to home owners and sellers for keeping a home warm this winter. Here are a few ideas from the book:

    1. Add area rugs: Hardwood and tile floors can make your home feel cold in the winter. Add some area rugs to provide a warmer barrier between your feet and the floor. Non-skid utility rugs or rubber mats can make kitchen floors more comfortable and safe, according to the ebook.

    2. Set ceiling fans to run clockwise: Yes, a ceiling fan can be used in the winter months too and can even help heat your home. The majority of ceiling fans have two settings: Counterclockwise cools rooms in the summer and clockwise can force warm air downward in the winter. Look for a small switch on the ceiling fan to change its direction clockwise for the cooler months.

    3. Rearrange furniture: Check the arrangement of the furniture in the home to make sure it’s cozy. Often times, home owners spread out furniture to fill an entire room. Instead, group pieces together to get a warmer feel. Move furniture away from the windows and doors and closer to the fireplace, if there is one in the home.

    4. Add moisture to the air: Humid air feels warmer than dry air. Therefore, a humidifier may make a difference. Cool mist and warm mist humidifiers can both be effective in making rooms feel warmer. “A cool mist humidifier is safer — and usually less expensive — because it doesn’t expel hot water or steam vapor that could hurt children or pets,” according to the book.

    5. Let the sun shine inside: Use the sun to heat your home by adjusting the home’s curtains to let the sun in. Open south-facing curtains on sunny days. Also, be sure to close curtains at night to provide an extra barrier against wintery winds that are trying to squeeze inside the home.