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How to Keep Your Home Warm All Winter Long

How to Keep Your Home Warm All Winter Long

Your home should be a comfortable place that serves as a haven for relaxation and rejuvenation. Even when it’s cold or wet outside, your living space should be a welcoming retreat that allows you to escape the elements.

If you are someone who often finds yourself struggling to stay cosy indoors, you’re in luck. The team from Connect Electric have created a list of things you can do to help maintain ideal indoor temperatures all winter long.

  • Welcome Natural Sunlight into Your Home

Open all curtains that face the sun during the daytime. Even if it is cold outside, the sun’s rays produce heat that will pour into your home. This is also a very simple way to help your furnace keep up without increasing your utility bills.

  • Close the Curtains After Dark to Trap Heat

Once the sun sets, make sure you close all those curtains that you opened during the day. This will add a barrier to help trap heat inside your home during the dark hours. Temperatures tend to cool down at night, so it is essential to keep as much warmth in your home as possible during this time.

  • Add a Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat is an effective solution that’s also very convenient. Newer models come with additional features to help manage heat in your home. You can use timers to keep your utility bills from skyrocketing.

Set the timer so that the furnace kicks on about 20 to 30 minutes before you wake up in the morning. That way, you can pay less to heat your house at night while you’re under the blankets but won’t have to wake up to a cold home.

  • Make Sure Your Radiator Isn’t Blocked

You may be tempted to move a recliner or couch next to the radiator for maximum heat while you relax, but don’t. Furniture blocks warmth coming from the appliance. You need that heat to circulate through your living space evenly. The same goes for vents.

  • Install a Glass Front on Your Fireplace

Fireplaces are beautiful and add atmosphere to a room. Wood-burning fireplaces must have a path to the outside to allow smoke to escape. That means there’s a direct route from the interior of your house to the cold outside. Consider installing a glass front on your fireplace to stop warm air from leaving through the chimney.

  • Use the Winter Setting on Ceiling Fans

Did you know that most ceiling fans have a winter setting that often goes unused? This function reverses the direction the blades move air. Heat rises, so you can use your fans to push warmth away from the ceiling and back down to the area that you and your family occupy.

  • Seal All Gaps Throughout Your Home

Inspect your home and look for gaps that could be allowing warm air to escape. A stack effect can occur that causes warm air to leave and pull in cold outdoor air. Check all windows and doors to see if you feel a breeze. You can also hold a lit candle or match to see if it flickers, indicating air movement.

  • Install a Passive Solar Heating System

A passive solar heating system traps radiation through glass areas that are exposed to the sun. The captured heat is absorbed by materials with a high thermal mass like masonry. Then it is re-released into your home after dark to offset heat loss. Everyone deserves to have a comfortable home, even during winter. Try these methods or contact Connect Electric to learn more about using solar to manage indoor temperatures.


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Changes of seasons usually warrant changes of hair

Changes of seasons usually warrant changes of hair


As you know with each season the texture and maybe even color of your hair changes. Protecting your hair in the summer slightly differs from winter protection in several ways.


Unlike the summer when you must protect your strands from pool water and sweat, in the winter you must remember to keep hair hydrated from the drying heat of any indoors. Using a hair mask or using argan oil once a week can help restore moisture into those locks. Using a shampoo and conditioner that protects from UV rays is also important in both winter as well as summer.


Changing your hair color like the leaves


This season, I went from a summer blonde to an icy blonde with a touch of low lights thanks to previous Hollywood hair stylist, CJ Deaver Designs. Reds are a desired color for fall, but remember, reds are hard to get rid of and even harder to keep. But the most important thing to remember when coloring your hair is to not color on top of clean hair. The cold strips the moisture out of your hair. Washing your hair strips it of natural oils. And we all know, bleaching and coloring dries hair. So, it’s best to plan accordingly when you’re about to get colored. Dirty hair will give you the best color results.


CJ had no worries about lifting my blonde to its icy tone when I walked in with oily hair. When the lift was completed, she used a purple shampoo to bring out the rest. *Using a color safe shampoo is key for maintaining the salon results. CJ finished with a blowout and razor cut to get me moving into my winter season.


Even days after the fact, my hair has remained in great health. It’s important to remember great hair starts on what you put in the inside. So, maintain a healthy diet along with adding plenty of nuts and oils. B vitamins are also a major importance when it comes to fabulous hair, no matter what season it is. And just like your skin needs it, your hair needs water too. So, drink plenty of water and your hair (and body) will thank you for it!


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Winter Darkness: How To Survive The Chilly Months

Winter Darkness: How To Survive The Chilly Months

Some people effortlessly transition into the cold winter months, but for others, it’s a time of year they wish would come and go as soon as possible. Alas, regardless of how you feel about the winter season, the fact is that it’s going to be here for many months whether you like or not. However, just because you may be pining for the return of spring, that doesn’t mean you have to collapse under the weight of the chill. Below, we take a look at five ways you not only survive but thrive during winter.


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Dress Well, Get Outside


You may want to just curl up in bed and hibernate for the winter, but if you do that for too long, you’re not going to feel too good. Even when the weather is cold, it’s important that you leave the comfort of your home and spend some time in the outdoors. It’ll do wonders for your mental health. And indeed, wrap up warm, and you won’t even feel the cold – and you might just discover that maybe the winter months aren’t so bad after all!

Make Your Home a Sanctuary


Of course, while it’s important to get outside, the real comforts will be in your home. As such, it’s important that it’s ready to provide a cozy respite from the outside chill. Load up on those winter warmers, such as pillows, blankets, candles and the like, and also hire a local plumber to make sure all your heating appliances are in full working order. There’s nothing worse than spending the winter in a cold house! Having a home that you love to spend time in will make it all the more easy not to dream of those summer BBQs and beach trips.

Get Away


Although, talking of beach trips, how about…a trip to the beach? Many people tend to take their travel breaks during the summer,  but it makes a lot more sense to go during the winter: prices are lower, there are fewer crowds, and you’ll be able to get a full dose of sunshine. Plan your trip for halfway through winter, and you’ll be on the home straight to spring when you get back. And also, you’ll have a tan that’ll look especially pronounced against the backdrop of snow

Indulge a Little


It’s winter; you’re allowed to indulge a little bit. After all, where else will the good times exist other than in freshly baked cookies, steaming cups of hot chocolate, or a glass of red wine as you’re curled up in front a roaring fire? Don’t overdo it, but do it a little. You can always resume your exercise regime come spring.

Embrace the Season


Finally, it’s important that don’t try too hard to fight the cold. Embrace it! Use it as a time to read, catch up with family, and build up your energy for the busy and social warm months. If you have an attitude that accepts the chill, you’ll be able to enjoy its simple joys.

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