While Upstate New York winters are notoriously cold and snowy, they’re also the perfect excuse to curl up with a good book or snuggle with the pets and family we love. As real estate agents who not only work in the Adirondacks, but live here, too, we’ve learned a few tricks to help keep our homes cozy all winter long.
7 Ways to Warm Up Your Home Without Turning Up the Heat
If you’ve caught a chill this winter, you could crank up the thermostat, but if you want to keep your energy bill down, you might want to give some (or all) of these tips a try.
Seal Out Drafts
Keep cold air from seeping underneath doors and windowsills with draft stoppers or rolled up towels, and close the curtains when the sun sets to help block out drafts and keep heat inside. Just make sure to open the curtains and blinds again when the sun is shining to allow in the extra warmth.
Change Out Your Bedding
Swap out light and airy linens for soft flannel and plush blankets. A down comforter will keep your bed feeling cozy, even if there’s a chill in the air, and the best thing about flannel sheets is that they don’t feel cold when you first climb in.
Add Rugs & Throws
Tile, hardwood and laminate floors can make your home feel colder than it is, so add a few rugs to instantly warm up your space. Keep throw blankets on the backs of sofas and chairs, or tucked into nearby baskets, for curling up whenever you’re sitting down. Better yet, use oversized blankets so you can snuggle up with pets or family members and share body heat.
Use Your Oven More
Not only does cooking and baking help to heat your house, but there’s just something about a homemade meal that warms us from the inside out. If you don’t have small children or pets at home, try leaving the oven door open when you’re done to let the warm air fill the room.
Shower with the Door Open
Humid air feels warmer than dryer air, so skip the bathroom fan and prop the door to allow the steam from your shower to spread throughout the house. You can also invest in ultra-sonic humidifiers that allow you to choose between warm and cold air.
Several thin layers, as opposed to a few bulky ones, will insulate you better, even when you’re indoors. Plus, it’s easier to regulate your body temperature by adding or removing items. To further prevent heat loss, consider wearing a close-fitting hat, as well as slippers or thick socks.
Close Off Rooms You Don’t Use
Focus on heating only the rooms you use most for maximum coziness. If you have spare bedrooms or a formal dining or living room that’s not in use, close the heat vents, shut the door, and seal it with a draft stopper or rolled up towel.
Winter is Cold, But Your Home Doesn’t have to Be
From skiing and snowshoeing to snow covered mountain views and toasty fireplaces, a home in the Adirondacks might be just what you need to cure the winter blues. If you’re in the market for a cozy home in Upstate New York and the surrounding Adirondack Mountains, Coldwell Banker Arlene M. Sitterly, Inc. can help with your search.
We have been serving the Adirondack Region and Upstate New York since 1956, and we have plenty of homes for sale in Amsterdam, Johnstown, Northville and many other cozy mountain communities. Contact us or call 518.762.9885 to speak directly with one of our real estate agents.