Six Energy Efficient Ways to Keep Your Home Warm This Winter

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The cost of heating a home can often be more frightful than the weather outside. Instead of letting rising energy costs send a shiver down your spine this winter, consider some of these energy efficient ways to keep your home warm this winter.

  1. Move Furniture Away from Vents

If your furniture is in front of or on top of heating vents, it is likely that your rooms are not getting the maximum heat potential. Take a tour of the house and rearrange any pieces of furniture that could be posing an issue and see if the flow of heat improves and the room feels warmer without having to turn up the thermostat.

  1. Snuggle Up in Quality Linens and Blankets

1498aaUsing the same sheets year round might not be the best approach for the climate you live in. Materials that breathe well might be perfect in the summer, but when the temperatures drop, you want to make sure your bedding traps enough of your body heat to keep your warm through the night without having to employ a hot water bottle. Working with our team to create fine custom linens and blankets for your home will ensure style is not sacrificed for comfort when designing any room in a house.

  1. Electric Fireplaces

Electric fireplaces can be installed in minutes, often on the same day as purchased. Installation and operating costs of an electric fireplace are a mere fraction of their wood burning and gas counterparts. At about $0.18 per hour at maximum output, you can heat a room for about $50-$80 a year. We choose Dimplex® for our projects. They carry a wide carry a wide array of top-quality designs with an unparalleled selection of styles, accents and finishes to suit any style and application.

  1. Cover Wood Floors and Tiles with Area Rugs

According to the National Energy Foundation, uninsulated wood floors can account for up to 10% of a home’s heat loss. Using area rugs not only prevents this loss of energy and keeps toes warm, it is also an easy way to pull together the look of a room, muffle the sound of heavy heels and talking.

  1. Reverse the Ceiling Fan Direction with Heat

If you have ceiling fans that your normally use to circulate cool air it the summer, try reversing the fan direction when you have the heat on in the winter. Since warm air rises, this will push the warm rising air back down to the floor where you still need it. You will waste less energy and require less of your heating system.

  1. Keep Heat in and Cold Out with Premium Window Coverings

hunter_douglas_shades_architellaWindows are known to let drafts in and heat out; and with it your money goes wafting through the cracks. Choosing the right window coverings can save a homeowner plenty of money by keeping heat inside and cold out. Hunter Douglas’ highly energy-efficient Duette® honeycomb shades can make a big energy savings at the window.

These energy-efficient tips will do more than save you money each winter, they are a great way to update a home with new technology and modern designs that give a home fresh appeal.  Ask one of our experts about custom solutions to warm up your home or project.

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Hunter Douglas @ Custom Home Interiors

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Have you ever asked yourself, what is it that truly makes a home beautiful? What is it that really makes the home stand out? Some would say that the interior décor or paint that makes the difference. Others might claim that beauty is in they eye of the beholder?

At Custom Home Interiors, we consider window treatments to be an integral piece of what really makes a home beautiful. As the function and purpose of window treatments have evolved over time, designers and decorators now maximize the inclusions of window treatments as a means of providing privacy, controlling natural light intake into a room, as well as a way to control temperatures during summer and winter.

Modern day window treatments are designed and built with state of the art features that essentially enable a homeowner to act as Mother Nature and control light and temperature through window treatments. As we live in an environment conscious society, issues like energy efficiency become a priority as window treatments are now designed to be environment friendly.

There are many window treatment manufacturers in the industry that produce window treatments. One company in particular that we are quite fond of is Hunter Douglas. “Hunter Douglas offers the industry’s largest collection of energy-efficient, custom-made window treatments. Designed and assembled in the U.S., and backed by a lifetime Guarantee, our sheers, shades, honeycombs, blinds and shutters can be customized with lifting systems for added safety and convenience” (Hunterdouglas.com).

So what are the things to consider when purchasing window treatments?

–       Room Type

–       Decorating Style

–       Material

–       Color

–       Specialty Shapes & Design Options

–       Privacy & Light Control

–       Pricing

–       Measurement & Installation

The beautiful part about window treatments is that there are custom solutions for just about any type of consumer. Whether you are price-conscious or design conscious, Hunter Douglas has the answer.

So maybe when you ask yourself, what makes your home stand out? ; Hunter Douglas might have the answer.

Below are samples of Window Treatments that are available through Hunter Douglas:

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The Sillouette Ultraglide

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Tailored Vignette

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The Nantucket Easyrise

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The Skyline Easyrise

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Duette Honeycomb (Hunter Douglas Signature Energy Efficient Line)

With Hunter Douglas window treatments, you can Insulate your room, protect your room from intense UV Rays, absorb sounds and enhance acoustics, maintain privacy and still remain fashionable and stylish.

For more information on Hunter Douglas, visit www.hunterdouglas.com or www.customhomeinteriors.ca

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