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This winter has been a cold one and sadly it’s not over yet!We often wonder why we would live in a place where it gets to -30 degrees.  We’re sure you’ve done the same! Although we can’t do anything about the weather, we can do various things the keep cosy in these freezing temperatures.

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Add Area Rugs
It has been said that up to 10% of heat escapes out from your floors, making area rugs a great addition to any room not just because of the colour and style they bring, but also for their practical use.

Use Your Fireplace
Fireplaces are the best when living in a cold climate. There is nothing like sitting beside the fire with friends and family, defrosting from the weather outside. It is important to have your fireplace (gas fireplace and wood burning) inspected before the winter season in order to ensure that it works and is safe.

Seal All Windows and Doors
Ensure that all of your windows and doors are completely sealed from the outside as this can dramatically increase your energy bills and make your home cold. This may seem like an obvious tip, yet most people tend to ignore the drafts of cold air coming from their doors and windows.  There are many do-it-yourself products to aid in this but at some point, you may want to look at replacing old windows especially if they are showing a lot of wear and tear. Learn more about Northern Lights Exteriors for exterior remodeling contractor that can offer various styles of energy-efficient replacement windows.

Change Your Sheets
Your bed: the comfy and cosiest place in your home. If you find yourself still a little chilly laying in bed during these dark and frigid winter nights, look to invest in some warm sheets. Flannel is a great material for warm winter sheets as it is thick and does a good job of insulating your body heat. If all else fails, add some comfy throw blankets too! Mattress thickness plays a crucial role as well.

Run Ceiling Fans Clockwise
This may seem like a silly idea but this actually works to keep a room warm. Hot air rises so when fans are circulating clockwise, they direct the warm air downward toward you.  In the Summer reverse the fan and it will pull cool air up from the floor the help cool the room.

Invest in a quality thermostat
There are a multitude of thermostats on the market today.  You can get everything from a simple older style one setting thermostat to high tech WiFi ones, with Thermostat Wiring Colors Code and  that you control from your smart phone from anywhere in the world.  Get the best that fits your budget.  It will help not only keep your home warm but reduce your energy costs and energy footprint.

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