While many people are busy enjoying the autumn colours and the crispness in the air, the fact is, before you know it, winter will be here, along with its chill. As the temperature drops and you’re faced with rain, sleet, and snow, it’s only natural to spend more time indoors. With that said, you want it to be warm and cosy, and free of any chill or draft. Nowhere is this more important than in your bedroom where you count on it being a comfortable temperature for sleeping and relaxing.
If you’ve had problems keeping your bedroom warm or at a consistent temperature in the past, then you’re going to want to check out this guide. Here, we’ll take a look at steps you can take that will ensure the room is warm and comfortable all winter long.
Install a Ceiling Fan with a Winter Setting
One tip that homeowners don’t always think about is that same ceiling fan that can cool down your bedroom in the summer can also help to circulate the warm air in the winter months. If you currently have a ceiling fan, take a close look at it and see if there is a winter setting.
What this does is reverse the direction of the blades, which then forces the heat back down to move around the room rather than hovering around the ceiling. If you have high ceilings or an irregular shaped ceiling such as a slope, it will be all the more handy.
If you don’t currently have one, then be sure to find a model that has this winter setting. It’s also a good idea to get some help installing the fan to ensure it’s done properly. A professional such as Edward’s Enterprises offers ceiling fan installations and repairs. When you have a professional do the work, they will not only be familiar with the electrical aspect but also how the fan should be mounted to the ceiling to ensure it is safe and secure. The job is done correctly from the start.
Make Sure Vents and Radiators Aren’t Blocked
In order for the heat to blow into your room, you also need to be sure that there is nothing obstructing your vent or radiator. All too often people place furniture in front of, or on top of these fixtures, which then makes it very hard for the heat to circulate properly.
Hang Thick Curtains on Your Window
Curtains act as a decor piece in a room and help to add to the design, but they are also functional. Not only do they block out the light and allow for privacy, but they can also help to keep a consistent temperature in your room. By installing heavy insulated curtains, you will be preventing any drafts from seeping into the room. These thick curtains also prevent heat loss, which is very common in the winter. Ideally, you want to open the drapes while the sun is shining, so you can allow the sun to come in, then close them up once the sun is no longer shining through.
Use Winter Bedding
If you’ve been using the same sheets and blanket/duvet all year-round, then it’s time to rethink your bedding. What is sufficient in the summer is not going to cut it in the winter. Instead, invest in some good quality cosy bedding.
You can use things such as flannel sheets, a down or down alternative duvet, and throw blankets to add warmth. There are even heated blankets that you can use on the bed. If you are going to pick up an electric blanket, be sure to find one with a timer and/or automatic shut-off, so it’s not a fire hazard.
Add a Decorative Carpet to Wood Floors
For those who have wood floors in the bedroom, it’s also a good tip to use a decorative carpet. This will help to add warmth, especially when you first step out of bed on a cold morning. Even if the rug only covers the most used areas in your bedroom it will still make a big difference.
Seal Up Cracks and Leaks in Windows and Window Frames
The final tip is to look for any cracks or leaks in your window and window frames. This can happen over time and it will have a pretty big impact on the temperature in your bedroom. It may be that you need to scrap away the old caulking and re-do it, or you may have to go so far as to replace a window and/or frame.
A Toasty Warm and Comfortable Bedroom All Winter Long
Each of these tips and steps are designed to ensure that your bedroom stays warm and comfortable all winter long, so that it acts as that relaxing sanctuary that it is meant to be.