Home upgrades to make your living room into a winter haven

Phantom Screens / May 1, 2015

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Winter makes an annual appearance to decrease the amount of comfort you experience in your life. As temperature drops, you’re probably spending more and more time inside the house. However, sometimes a room just doesn’t feel cozy enough for the days when the wind is howling and snow is falling. With a few changes, your living room can become your new winter haven. Here’s how:

Upgrades

Before winter settles in, you’ll want to do some maintenance work on your home. One category you need to look at is how airtight the structure is. If heated air is leaking from your home, you’re not only stopping the house from getting all warm and cozy, you’re also wasting energy. Prevent that from happening by testing for air leaks. An accurate way to measure air tightness is to hire a technician to perform a “blower door test.” In this test, a portable frame-mounted fan is placed and sealed onto the front entrance of your house. Fireplace flues are closed, along with any other purposeful air escapes. As the fan blows into the home, technicians measure how much air is escaping through unintentional cracks.

Another way to seal your home is to caulk cracks and holes in your home’s exterior. Check door and window frames as well. Though seemingly small, these gaps let in a surprising amount of air. You’ll feel instantly cozier and warmer once these patches are made.

Lighting

The lighting of your living room can determine its entire mood. Keep things comfortable by utilizing several lamps rather than overhead lights. Find lampshades in rich colors to alter the tone of the light. Creams or reds are great for emanating soft light. If you have white lampshades, opt for amber light bulbs. These cast a warm glow throughout the room. You can also install dimmer switches to control the amount of light in the room. Turn down the intensity of the light and burn candles for an intimate, comfortable feel.

If you have a fireplace, now is the time to use it. Before lighting the first of this season’s logs, be sure to clean out the flue. Call a chimney sweep to do the first cleaning, but ask questions while he or she is there. You’ll want to know how to tell if the chimney is getting dirty and what signs indicate decay that requires repairs. When the fire is going, open your retractable screens and crack the window open. This prevents smoke from settling in the house by using natural ventilation. Don’t worry about getting cold, as the air from outside will be sucked into the chimney.

Carpets

Not only will clean carpets add new life to your living room, they will also help fluff up the carpet. Over time, furniture and feet push carpet fibers down, leaving the carpeting dull. When companies clean the carpet, they use a buffer, which lifts the fibers back up. After the work is done, you’ll have the enjoyment of walking on a soft cozy surface that’s sure to make your living room feel like a winter haven.

You can also add a simple rug to a room that has wood flooring. Purchase a fuzzy rug that you’ll enjoy running your toes through. This will make the room feel cozy. Retractable screens from Phantom Screens can be stained to match the color of your wood floor. You can choose the wood veneer they come in so that your living room floor matches your window fixtures. Retractable window screens from Phantom Screens can even be stained to match the color of your wood floor and window frames. You can also choose the wood veneer they come in so that your living room floor matches your window fixtures.