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4 Tips for Winterizing Your Home

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The winter can bring with it cold drafts, dry air and irritating indoor air particles. Don't let the harsh conditions of the season affect the comfort levels in your home. Follow these steps to prepare your home for the colder weather.

1. Give Your Home a Deep Clean
When it comes to cleaning, the spring may be the popular season for it, but it can be argued that it's more important in the winter. After all, you're planning on being cooped up indoors for months on end in the colder weather, so it's crucial that you rid your home of impurities before beginning your hibernation. This means giving it a total vacuum, dusting and wipe-down of all surfaces. Go through your closets and storage places where dust and other irritating particles might be building up and be sure to clean and declutter. Run an air purifier, like the Holmes® True HEPA Allergen Remover, to reduce irritating particles that become airborne while you're cleaning.

"Nothing's worse than feeling a cold draft of outside air when you're cuddled up on the couch."

2. Seal Your Windows and Doors
Nothing's worse than feeling a cold draft of outside air when you're cuddled up on the couch. Not only is it uncomfortable, but it's also a waste of energy and money. Make sure your windows and outside doors are properly sealed before the cold weather comes. To do it yourself, pick up some self-adhesive foam weather stripping at the nearest hardware store and start peeling and sticking wherever you feel cold air entering. If you're not much of a handyman, seek the assistance of a professional who can help ensure that your home stays warm and protected all season.

3. Keep it Humid
The dry air that the colder months brings can be irritating to your sinuses and skin. Add humidity to your home with a humidifier, like the Holmes® Warm Mist Humidifier. The steam it emits can help make your home more comfortable amid the harsh outside conditions.

Cuddle up with blankets to keep warm indoors.

4. Take Advantage of What You Already Have
Preparing your home for the winter doesn't have to be complicated. There are many quick, easy fixes that can keep you warm and optimize your heating systems. For starters, take advantage of the ceiling fans in your home. It may seem counterintuitive, but running a fan in the reverse direction on the lowest setting can help push warm air down and keep you warmer. Also, try to bundle up with heavy sweaters and blankets as often as possible. There's no need to crank up the heat when you can just change what you wear around your home.