If you’re up north you might not notice much of a change in weather, while Western and Southern Queenslanders will definitely feel a chill in the air.
As our lifestyles naturally change with the seasons, so should our homes. With the cooler Queensland weather fast-approaching, it’s time to bring out the winter woollies and start looking forward to cosy nights. There are a number of areas in your home where you can make simple changes which will help you stay warm and happy while the sun is taking its yearly vacation.
Before winter truly kicks in, it’s time to check your heaters to make sure they are able to provide optimum warmth. It is important to use your heaters effectively for each space. For example, gas heaters are better suited to large spaces whereas electric heaters will provide adequate warmth in smaller or less busy areas of the home.
Sheer curtains are completely on-trend and perfect for balmy summer weather however they’re not so good at keeping the heat in and the cool out. Window coverings such as insulated curtains or compact roller blinds work well especially if you keep your shutters closed at night as this will create an additional heat trapping layer.
According to most Australian energy suppliers you should clean your air conditioning system’s filter every month or two during each season. Filters may need more frequent attention if the air conditioner is in constant use, is subjected to dusty conditions, or you have pets who shed in the house.
The Illusion of Warmth
There is a reason that many homeowners redecorate in preparation for winter. Warm shades create cosy spaces, which is a great way to ward off the winter cold. Embrace rich and warming tones like terracotta, olive green and blush pink to create a cosy and inviting retreat from the cold. Popular textile choices include plush velvet, wool and faux fur.
You will likely spend much more time inside during the winter months so use the same principle and incorporate warmer shades when it comes to choosing quilt covers and winter bedding. We all know your quilt is your best friend in winter, so it pays to pick a good one! Whether you have carpet, heating, and even another body in the bed, will determine the kind of coverage you need. Wool and feather quilts are generally the best options for those seeking maximum warmth, where cotton or microfibre quilts provide lighter insulation.
If you have tiles, hardwood or concrete floors, rugs are an easy and effective way to cosy-up your home in winter. Hardwood floors are not only chilly underfoot in winter; they don’t help hold in any heat, so unless you have underfloor heating, it’s time to invest in a rug or two.
Keep warm Queensland!