Here are must-know ways to keep your home comfortable and cozy in the coming months.
Take Advantage Of Daylight
Open the blinds and curtains during the day, allowing warmth from the sun to pass into your most lived-in rooms. As the sun sets, close the curtains and blinds, keeping the warm air in while night temperatures continue to drop outside.
This tip will not only help keep your house cozy and warm, but will help keep your heating bill low!
Make Necessary Updates And Repairs
Now is the time to make any updates or repairs that could otherwise result in higher heating costs, drafts, and issues during the upcoming winter months. Test your fireplace for a tight seal when the flue is closed. Ensure your pipes are well insulated to prevent freezing or bursting. Clear your attic vents of any debris or blockage (1).
Maintain Your System
The transitional fall time between summer and winter should be used to maintain your system. This includes replacing the filter in your furnace, changing summer screens to cold weather storm windows and doors, and cleaning your ducts.
This is also the perfect time to have your heating system checked by a professional to ensure your winter months start off with a smoothly functioning system and to find and prevent any potential issues or problems (1).
Stay Cozy With Fall Aromas
Stovetop potpourri is a natural way to keep your home smelling great during the fall months. Try one of these autumn combinations made with fresh ingredients to create a cozy fragrance and inviting atmosphere.
Choose your favorite fragrance combination, and combine the ingredients with 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and let simmer. Check the water level periodically and add more water as needed. Enjoy as the smells of the fall gently aromatize the rooms of your house.
1. Cinnamon Apple Cider:
2 cinnamon sticks
½ Tbs whole cloves
1 Tbs ground nutmeg
1 apple, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
2. Friendly Woods
1 orange, sliced
1 whole nutmeg
1 Tbs whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
½ cup cranberries
A handful of pine needles
3. Pumpkin Pie
1 Tbs pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp nutmeg
1 cinnamon stick
1 vanilla bean
Cooking and eating fall foods will help your home feel cozy and festive. Try your hand at pumpkin bisque, butternut squash soup, or a hearty chowder.
Try something new and bake up some squash with pears. A quick search on allrecipes.com or Pinterest will turn up hundreds of great ideas using the fall harvest of potatoes and various squash (2).
Add pumpkins to your fall décor. Miniature pumpkins can be tied by their stems onto twine and draped across a mantel. Larger pumpkins can make a centerpiece or used as a welcoming doorstep decoration.
Flickering candles create a cozy glow on a cool, dark autumn evening as you sip tea or wine in your family room. Or try a tea light inside a pumpkin for a comfy glow that will last through Halloween all the way until Thanksgiving (2).
Let Greater Comfort Help You Take Care of Your Home This Fall & Winter
Although cleaning your home does improve your IAQ, it’s not the only thing. You’re not alone in the fight for cleaner air as the seasons change—we’re here to help you inspect and improve the air quality in your home.
With options like top-of-the-line air filters, humidity control systems, UV germicidal lights, we have the tools (and of course our expertise) to make your home’s air fresh and clean.
Ready to take action? Contact the experts at Greater Comfort today to ensure that your air quality is as clean as possible this fall: 859-491-4915.