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Cozy, Warm, and Toasty: How To Make Your Living Room More Cozy During Winters

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Cozy, Warm, and Toasty: How To Make Your Living Room More Cozy During Winters

Cozy, Warm, and Toasty? Let’s learn how To Make Your Living Room More Cozy During Winters

While the cost of heating has gone down steadily in the past two years, it is still one of the biggest expenditures that Americans have in their homes, especially if you live in rural areas or states that experience extremely cold weather. 

If you want to cut down on your energy bills, you need to find ways to make your home warm without using excess electricity.

There are rooms in your home where you can focus to significantly decrease your energy spending, and your living room is one of these rooms.

You probably spend a lot of time in your living room, whether it’s to hang out with friends or simply to have some quiet “you” time to relax.

Since you’re spending a lot of time in this room, you want to make your living room cozy, warm, and inviting as possible even during cold weather.

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Here are six tips that you can use to make your living room cozy, warmer and more comfortable while still lowering your energy costs:

 6 Tips To Make Your Living Room Cozy During Winter

Cozy, Warm, and Toasty: How To Make Your Living Room More Cozy During Winters

1. Maximize and Preserve Natural Heat with Curtains

The sun’s heat is completely free so if you want to save money on your heating bills, you should maximize the amount of sunlight that enters your home during the day.

When the sun does down, close your curtains to help conserve the heat inside.

You can also use thicker, dark-colored curtains to help retain the heat better.

2. Be Vigilant; Hunt Down Draft Sources

While outdoor cold weather does lower the temperature inside your home, it’s actually drafts that really make the indoor temperature drop.

Drafts are cold air from outside leaking into your home through various means, such as doors and windows, cracks, and holes.

If your home is not insulated, drafts can leak in from your attic and basement, or through doors and windows. Cracked windows or pest entry holes can also be ways through which drafts enter your home.

If you want to find drafts, wait for a windy day, then close all your doors and windows. Light a candle and move through your home, focusing on possible places where drafts can originate. The flame should flicker in the slightest presence of a draft.

You can also close entryways into your homes, such as vents, fireplace flues, and exhaust fans.

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Cozy, Warm, and Toasty: How To Make Your Living Room More Cozy During Winters

3. Rearrange Your Furniture Correctly to Maximize Heating

The furniture in your living room can help increase and conserve heat. Keep your couches and sofas away from windows or doors to prevent them from absorbing the cold from the outside.

If you have large window bays, you can place these pieces of furniture against the bay during the day so that they can soak up the natural heat as well.

If you have central heating, it might be tempting to place the furniture beside them so it would be warmer when you’re sitting or lying down.

However, this means that the warmed air does not circulate around the room, which causes the overall room temperature to drop. Move the furniture away from heating vents so that the warmed air can properly circulate around your living room. 

4. Use Winter Mode on your Fans

Does your fan have a small switch near the blades? This means that your fan has a “winter mode”!

Winter mode will basically make your fan run the opposite way, with the blades spinning clockwise instead of counterclockwise.

The reason for this is to take advantage of science: hot air rises, and when the fan is running on winter mode, the blades push the hot air from the ceiling back down to you. Instead of making the room cooler (like a normal fan), winter mode actually helps make a room warmer!

5. Pile on Winter-Apt Textiles

Cozy, Warm, and Toasty: How To Make Your Living Room More Cozy During Winters

The simplest and cheapest way to make your living room warm and toasty during the winter without increasing your electric bill is by using thick, winter-apt textiles.

You can put down throw pillows and small blankets on your couches. 

You can also use fur home decor items such as fur pillows, fur rugs, or fur throws. Fur is a great natural textile because it has high insulative properties.

6. Upgrade Your Boiler

If there is one method that you might need to spend a bit of money, it’s by changing or upgrading your boiler.

If your boiler has been in use for ten years or more, it is time to replace it so that it uses electricity in an efficient manner.

If possible, look for a boiler that has an “A” rating – while these are a bit more expensive compared to other models, these generally help you save money in the long run. 

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Your home should be a comfortable zone, especially during the winter.

Utilize the above-mentioned 6 tips and you will not only enjoy a warm and toasty winter but will also be able to save on heating bills. 

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Cozy, Warm, and Toasty: How To Make Your Living Room More Cozy During Winters

Let us know, which winter hack works for you to keep your home nice and comfortable? How do you make your living room cozy in preparation for fall?

Hugs!

Dalene.

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Comments

  1. Joanna says

    Because I live in a warm country, the houses here are built without any heating systems. I usually rely on extra blankets and on electric heaters during the winter. I do have panoramic floor to ceiling windows in my living room so that allows plenty of sunshine to come in.

  2. Annemarie LeBlanc says

    It is true that the cost of heating is one of the biggest expense when the cold weather sets in. You have really great tips that I can put into use to help lower our heating costs.

  3. Crickette, The Things I Have to Say says

    I love the winter season, mostly because we don’t really have a proper “cold season” like winter here in the Philippines.

    When we lived in London, briefly, my mom would redecorate the house for winter (and Christimas) so it’s really such a lovely season.

  4. Khushboo says

    These are some helpful tips to stay warm in winter season. I will surely remember them for coming winter season.

  5. Razena says

    These are excellent tips that I will put to use in our family home in Cape Town where the winters can get very cold and we have no AC or central heating. Finding other ways to keep warm is a necessity as stand alone heaters can get expensive to use continuously.

    • Dalene Ekirapa says

      You can say that again! I remember visiting my friend in South Africa over winter…we just had to go out at night and buy heaters. It can get super cold. But we’re getting ready this time round!

  6. Annita says

    Great tips. I am going to have to rearrange my furniture now! I can’t say I ever thought about the furniture soaking up the warm air. I’m always cold, so it’s time for some redecorating!

  7. Heather Barber McMechan says

    All great tips here in terms of getting ready for the winter months. Always looking for ways to improve our living room.

  8. Catherine Santiago Jose says

    These are definitely a great ideas, winter is now coming and I would love to re-decorate my living room like this one, so beautiful!

  9. Adi says

    Great post! Didn’t know about the winter mode in fans. Will check it out. Also some cozy pillows and throws add the warm feeling.

  10. Mudpiefridays says

    Those were a really awesome ideas. Planning to have a room remodelling before Holidays, I will consider these ideas.

  11. Jasmine M says

    I never thought about rearranging furniture. I will definitely be doing that and making sure there is no draft cracks anywhere to keep the heat in. Thanks for these tips!

  12. sushmita says

    I recently shifted to Texas and I have heard that it is pretty warm even during winters. I am looking forward to the winters here and I hope your tips come really handy! 🙂

  13. Lyanna Soria says

    I love winter season since it’s quite beautiful but sometimes it gets too cold inside the house. Those are some great tips I’d be sure to keep in mind in the future. I didn’t think some of those that way and I want to see if it improves our condition in the living room.

  14. Claudia Blanton says

    Perfect timing! For the first time in a long time, it actually got cold here yesterday – well, cold for Las Vegas standards, so I started looking up blankets and jackets online yesterday! I love the idea of curtains to warm up the home. My husband is not a fan of them, but I agree with you that they can add a lot of warmth and coziness to any space. Blessings!

  15. Gena says

    You always have the best tips when it comes to personal style as well as styling your home! I’m so ready for winter and cooler weather, especially after reading your post. Makes me wanna get cozy, decorate the home and make a cup of hot chocolate

  16. Sauumye Chauhan says

    These are some really amazing tips. I particularly love keeping textiles that are season appropriate. I also additionally love having season specific scented candles. They added that little factor of light, warmth and the perfect scent.

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