Stylish Ways to Heat You & Your Home this Winter28 Jan, 2017
The cool, fall breeze will soon become winter chills as temperatures take a nosedive in the coming months. Summer days are now distant memories and as the air grows colder and colder that heating bill will likely get higher and higher, depending on where you live.
There are many cozy and stylish alternatives to keeping your house warm and save your furnace from running overtime. Rather than crank up the thermostat, try one of these seven products to not only keep you and your house toasty, but also add a stylish touch to your decor.
Whether it’s your home office, man cave, or family room, a space heater is a quick and easy way to warm up your house.
The variations of space heaters you can find online are seemingly endless. With many different sizes, shapes, and prices you should have no trouble finding the heater that best fits your style and budget.
If you’re looking for a modern touch in your home try the Dyson AMO4 Hot + Cool Fan Heater. The beauty of this product is that it works year round, providing the necessary heat for the bitter cold months and cool breezes during a summer heat wave.
For a more traditionally styled home, try the wood-trimmed Dr Infrared Heater Portable Space Heater.
Green Convection Heater
Think of the Eco-Heater Ceramic Convection Heater as the cousin to the space heater.
Rather than sitting on the floor, this heater easily mounts on the wall and it serves a great conversation piece while entertaining guests.
The this 24-inch square heater operates natural heating technology to remain silent, uses less than one-third of the energy of a typical space heater, and can be painted to match your wall or room décor. For all of you looking to reduce your footprint, this may be the best option for your home.
Radiators may sound like an old-fashioned way to heat your home but technological advancements have given these tools new life.
From a design standpoint, radiators aren’t the bulky eyesores they were for many years. In fact, they can easily blend into your walls and or act as an accent piece to style your home. And if you’re a fan of traditional radiators, those too still albeit with a modern twist.
Fireplace Entertainment Center
For a lot of families, an entertainment center with a TV resting atop or mounted above, is the focal point of the living room.
Nothing accompanies a night in watching a movie like the warmth of a fireplace. If you aren’t lucky enough to have a natural fireplace in your home, you can opt for an entertainment center with a built-in, electric fireplace.
Coming in a wide variety of sizes, most fireplace entertainment centers have temperature and time settings that allow you to customize the fire for your mood. While it won’t let off a tremendous amount of heat (you’ll most likely have to run it in addition to another heater), it does add a warm atmosphere to a chilly evening indoors.
Heat can escape through your home’s windows and doors. Luckily, this is a quick fix by using an affordable, stylish draft stopper.
In addition to being cost effective, you can find almost any style imaginable for a stopper, including a simple pattern (such as chevron), pet inspired (dog and cat designed stoppers are popular), or holiday theme (Thanksgiving turkey, for example).
You can also opt for a simple, solid color stopper, which won’t add any flare to your home but gets the job done.
Electric Heated Blanket
This one is less about heating your home and more about heating you. An electric heated blanket keeps you warm and cozy no matter where you are in your home. You can use it while you cozy up on the couch and even while you sleep, as many are made with built-in timers to turn off automatically.
Electric heated blankets generally come with two hookups which allow for two different temperature settings within the blanket and can fit twin, full, queen or king bed sizes, depending on your preference.
The blanket usually comes in one solid color as opposed to patterns and designs.
10% of heat loss in homes falls through uninsulated floors. If your floors are insulated, you may still feel a chill, especially on the wood and tile floors.
Area rugs are an easy solution (and occasionally an affordable solution depending on the size) that also adds life to a room. A great designer rug is one that subtly sets the tone. You want to notice the rug but not draw all of the attention.
Of all the ways to heat a home, area rugs are arguably the most versatile. While they can get pricy, shelling out extra cash for an area rug is a money well spent.