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Preparing Your Home For Winter

Preparing Your Home For Winter

With the cold and gloomy weather fast approaching, figuring out how to prepare your home for winter is likely to be on your mind. It’s important that you can make some changes and adaptations when the temperature starts to change, as the potential risks and issues that you can expect to experience during winter are much different to those that may occur in the hotter summer months. Luckily, preparing your home for the cold doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might think, as there are a few key tips and tricks which you can make the most of to totally transform your property in no time at all. So, if you want to find some of the best winter inspired home improvement steps, then simply read on! 

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Feeling Frosty? 

One of the worst aspects of winter is the frequent freezing temperatures. Trying to stay warm and cosy when it’s snowing outside can be almost impossible, and it would seem that the season stretches on and on. It’s so vital that you can combat these frosty temperatures to maintain a comfortable atmosphere inside your home, not only to keep you and your family warm but to help your home stay damp free. Investing in the services of a heating and cooling company will help you to transform your home, but it can be quite expensive and inefficient to heat your whole property simply by utilising such a system. There are many easy and affordable ways that you can combat the cold, from draught excluders that block chilly wind whistling underneath door frames, plush rugs on hard floors, and even faux fur blankets and super thick curtains. You needn’t simply sit and shiver, as there’s a wide range of options for you to explore! 

Let There Be Light

When the winter months roll around, a noticeable difference that the season brings is a reduction in light. It’s rare for a winter evening to be partnered with any kind of sunshine, as it can set as early as 4pm in certain locations! It’s so vital that you can compensate for the lack of natural light that your home receives, and there’s a whole host of options that you can explore. From cosy candles that set the mood to stylish floor lamps that can illuminate a corner of the room, search around and find a few suitable options that can let there be light inside your home. Many people who struggle with seasonal disorders find that their symptoms can reduce when the lack of light is accommodated for, so it’s a win win situation for all. 

Preparing your home for the harsh winter months has never been so simple when you are able to make the most of the top tips and tricks detailed above. Say goodbye to cold, dingy and dark details, as you can revamp and transform your property into a bright and cosy paradise in no time at all! You’ll never want to step foot outside when you achieve that perfect winter haven, so what are you waiting for? 

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Dealing With Pests in an Ethical Way

Dealing With Pests in an Ethical Way

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Chances are, at some point in your life, wildlife will come into contact with your home. When you’re houseproud and hygiene conscious, this can prove a significant problem. After all, you’re going to want to make sure you can relax and spend time in your home without constantly cleaning up after animals that probably shouldn’t be inside your property anyway. But what can you do to remove pests from your home in a fair and humane manner? At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that human housing has encroached on many animal’s natural habitats. Animals will generally avoid humans at all costs, as we’re deemed a threat to them. But they may be forced into your home in search of food and shelter, as your home has destroyed their natural spaces where they would usually have natural food sources and sources of shelter to spend their time in. These are sentient creatures that you may not want to live alongside, but do deserve the chance to live elsewhere freely. Here are a few steps that will help you to remove pests from your property in a fair way.

Knowing What You’re Dealing With

Before you jump straight onto the phone to a pest exterminator, you may want to take some time to determine what animals you’re dealing with. Often, different species look pretty similar, but actually have different habits and can be prevented and moved along easily if you know how to deal with them as a species. In fact, you may not have even seen the pests themselves, you may have just seen their droppings, chew marks or other indicators of their presence. This minor damage may be inconvenient, but it’s a key tool you can use to get to know what animals are in your home. Spend time researching their markings and determining what you’re dealing with. This will then lead you to guides on how to remove the animals safely. Knowing what animals you’re dealing with will also ensure that you don’t bother any protected species. You can find more information on what to do with protected species according to the specific species you’re dealing with.

Understanding What Attracts This Creature to Your Home

It’s important to remember that something is attracting animals to your home if they’re spending time in it. They won’t be there just for the fun of it. So, you need to start looking around your home and determining what exactly is bringing this animal in. If you have ants, take some time to follow them. See where they’re going. Chances are there’s an open packet of food somewhere. You can then take steps such as sealing all food properly and shutting cupboards properly to prevent the ants from accessing the food. They’ll soon leave your property, as there’s nothing benefiting them in it anymore. The same goes for other animals – chances are, if there are animals in your home, it’s because they have a good supply of food there. Often, simply making sure that animals can’t access any of your food supplies will make sure that they eventually leave.

Reconsider Feeding Garden Animals

You need to understand that you can’t pick and choose what animals frequent your property if you voluntarily leave food out with the hopes of attracting particular species. Sure, it may be nice seeing birds in your garden and you may want to feed them with seeds and nuts. But you also then need to accept that other animals will make their way to your garden to eat the same food you’re providing. You need to decide whether you want animals in your garden or not when leaving food out, rather than attempting to pick and choose which are welcome.

Read Up On Human Removal Methods

If the above step doesn’t seem to budge your visitors, you should start reading online guides on human removal methods. For example, mice can be caught in humane traps that allow you to take them away and release them. Just make sure to check traps regularly, as this will prevent mice from becoming startled or overly stressed, which can cause them to pass away. Whatever animal you’re dealing with, there’s likely to be some sort of method developed that helps to move them on without harming or killing them.

Sure, animals in your home may be unwanted. But try to practice compassion and have some empathy when it comes to dealing with them. You don’t want to harm anything unnecessarily – especially when there are often ways to get them to move on from your property hassle free! Hopefully, some of the above advice will help you to achieve this!

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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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Get That Winter Cozy Time Feeling At Home

Get That Winter Cozy Time Feeling At Home

As the weather is getting colder, we often start to think of ways that we can make our indoor space more comfortable and pleasing. We want to stay indoors more and drink hot cocoa and snuggle up in front of our favorite movies. But what are some easy ways of getting that warm snuggly feeling at home? Read on to find out.

In the den

If you have a room or man cave where you hang out, you’ll want to make some small adjustments to make it snug and warm for the colder weather.

Lined curtains can help keep the heat in a room, without using up extra fuel. Choose a thick fabric like tweed available for stores such as http://www.homedepot.com. It is not only energy efficient but will also look stylish too.

If you are going for tweed fabric, then why not decorate the rest of the room in keeping with that?  A man cave feel can be achieved by adding leather chairs and fun oversized beans bags in dark colors. Try one like this crazy 8 footers, available at http://www.sackdaddy.com/products/8-ft-sack-daddy-bean-bag.

Accessorize with old books and taxidermy for a gentlemen’s club look. If a real taxidermy is a bit much for you, then there fake options available like the ones here. They can be made from anything from plastic and paper to fabric, that you can display in the room instead of the real thing.

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In the bedroom

The bedroom is one of the most important places to get ready for the colder seasons. If you are not comfortable getting to sleep, or when you are asleep then, you are not going to feel you at your best.

Brushed cotton sheets are perfect for keeping you toasty warm in the cold weather. The long fibers of the bedding help to hold in an extra layer of warmth that can make your hot water bottle all but redundant.

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Extra blankets never go a miss during the colder snaps either. Of course, you don’t have to stop at that, you can even get some gorgeous electric heated blankets now in fabrics like fake fur. Which are much more stylish than they use to be in the old days.

Remember to provide a soft rug too. So your feet are warm as soon as you step out of bed in the morning.

In the lounge

We spend a fair bit of time in our lounges and front rooms, especially when it gets colder. They are the place we relax in the evenings and on weekends. They also tend to be where we entertain guests when they come over.

There are plenty of alterations you can make in the front room to make it the perfect of the winter. Provide blankets and cushions in soft, warm fabrics, and scented candles relevant to the season.

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It is also worth looking at the heat source you have. Many people find an open fire, a warm and relaxing addition to a room come winter time. However, they do take a lot to put in if you haven’t already got a working chimney. Then you have to feed them with logs and get the chimney regularly cleaned, which can be a bit of a pain.

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A good alternative to a real fire is a fake gas fire. It looks like the real thing but doesn’t need all the maintenance. Of course, they are safer too as there is no chance of any sparks catching on the carpet or furniture. Some even offer a stay cool screen, which is perfect if you have kids or pets that you want to protect.

Another option is an electric fire, which doesn’t have a real flame, but a flame effect. This works particularly well in a fake log burner style, which is very fashionable right now. They look just like the real thing, they even have a fake flue pipe so you can’t tell the difference. You can also get a faux fire surround for them. So you will have a mantle piece to hang stockings and wreaths on come Christmas time.

In the hall

The other area of the home that needs to be got ready for the cold weather is the hallway.

When the weather is bad, the hall is the place that you put on your outdoor clothes. Also, it’s the place that you need to take it all off again, before going into the rest of the house.

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Make sure you have high pegs on the wheel that will be long enough to hang your winter coats so they can dry overnight. Provide mats for shoes and boots, so they don’t dirty the floor.

You can also keep a box for every member of the household where they can store their scarves, gloves, and hat. Then they will always know where they are. Which should make that morning rush easier, if nothing else.

A stand for umbrella is a good idea too. Pick one that catches the water as it drips off, else it can soak into your floor or carpet and produce mold.

In the kitchen

Making your kitchen winter ready, depends on the space you have available. If you live in an older building with wooden doors and windows, it can be a good idea to get some draft excluders to keep as much heat in as possible.

Winter is also the perfect time to get a range cooker, as the heat they produce goes a long way to heating to the whole house. It will certainly make the room above the kitchen warm and toasty, that’s for sure.

Of course, there are little touches that you can do in the kitchen to make it perfect for autumn and winter too. A swag of dried flowers hanging from the ceiling always looks very festive. Or you can match your tablecloths and tea towels in with the theme of the season.

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