Warmer home is cozier home. During winters, when the climate outside becomes chilly and frosty, one should make the inside of the home to be warmer. So that when a person enters, they can feel than cozy vibe coming from all corners.
But, making any place cozier is not just about adding that quintessential fireplace in the living space or in the bedroom. There are a lot of other elements that can make a big difference. It is all about the entire vibe of the room and not just a source of heat.
Also, many homes do not really have a pre-built fireplace or they may not have enough space to get one installed. And those central heating systems can cost a lot too.
So, what are some other fun and effective ways, to make a home cozier and warmer? Read further to know.
- Seal it up!
Winters mean chilly winds and draughts. When a home is improperly sealed these chilly winds tend to enter the house and turn it into a freezer. Yes, nobody is keeping the doors and windows open during winter. But, even a small gap and vent can make the frosty wind enter the home.
Therefore, one should pay attention and find small vents and gaps and get them sealed up. Gaps in the window frames, under the door, near the piping, weaker floorboards, air vents, etc. are some of the places that should be checked. Best, the thing is to get the hire a professional and take their help to seal the gaps, without compromising the safety.
- Warmer colors
Colors always play a very big role in how the place turns out to be. Colors can change an entire place and can affect the feelings and mood of the people around. Therefore, it is said that while designing the interiors of a house, one should take a special interest in the color scheme.
Some colors are warmer and some colors are cooler, which is something that many know. Bluer tones mean cooler and more yellow and grey tones mean warmer. This is the reason why earthy tones, like yellow, orange, red, brown, etc. tend to give a warmer feel to space. Yes, now don’t paint the entire place yellow. Instead try to build a character of the room, by adding the right combination of less cool colors and warmer ones in maximum.
- Add some texture and lights
Bland and plain houses can look and feel cold at times. So, what is the best thing to add, to make the space more warm and cozy? Textures. Yes, a texture means something that will give the room a certain depth. This can be achieved by adding some curtains, rugs, throws, comforters, cushions, etc.
But, be cautious and don’t pile up all the blankets and throws and cushions there is in the storage. Pick a few and give some texture to the room, which will make the space look balanced. Also, to avoid the entire room to look like a wool dump, add some contrasts, like metal accessories, hard metal furniture, etc.
Make sure to invest in some warm yellow lights too. LEDs and fluorescents can make the room more cold and swampy, so avoid them during colder seasons.
- Insulate the home
Whatever one does if the home is not properly insulated then, nothing can stop the home to get cold during winters. Yes, to avoid the cold air to rush in, the windows are made gap-free and vents are made winter-proof. But, what about the warmth that escapes, and makes the room colder?
Well, this is where the insulation becomes helpful. When the home is warm with the help of a heating system or a fireplace, the heat should remain inside. This is only possible if the house is well insulated.
Avoid glass windows or put think curtains, or opt for double glazing or window coverings. Also, poly blend or fiberglass insulation batts can be used. Cover the concrete floors and made the corners and edges of slabs insulated.
- Heat up the home
One of the best ways to heat the home effectively is by choosing a heating system. When there is a heating system running in the house, then it can keep the pace warm for a longer time. An effective heating system can make the house warmer than ever, so much is that one may not have to add rugs and throws.
Some of the popular heating options include:
- Gas heaters: cheap to run and is effective if one lives in the city.
- Reverse air conditioning: better option for both summers and winters.
- In-slab heaters: hydronic heaters that use hot water to warm the tiles and slabs.
- Electric heaters: highly effective for the entire house but can very expensive.
- Timber fireplace: aesthetic, effective but can raise the wood costs.
- Passive home designing
One can actually invest their time and money into designing a climate-smart house. How? Well, by taking into account the openings of the house, the direction in which the doors and windows are facing, and by choosing the right building materials.
The way the sun moves throughout the day will decide how much sunlight will enter the house. Having a home that does not get much sunlight means, it is will remain cold throughout the winters. But, the same home will be cooler during summers. But now, one cannot choose, right? So, the best option is to find a middle ground, which will make the house suitable for both seasons.
Also, one should take into account the thermal mass of the material using which the house is built. Materials with more thermal mass will soak up heat from sunlight throughout the day; will keep the house warm during the nights and vice versa.
Making a home cozier during winters is something that one should take seriously. After all, a place that is damp and cold can make one feel uncomfortable during those long winter nights. Also, a cold home can cause one to fall sick. So to avoid such discomfort, one should pick things which will make the home warmer and also add an illusion of a cozier corner.