Winterizing your home

November 28, 2011 9:15:01 AM PST
Winter is right around the corner, so now is the time to get your home ready to battle the elements and keep the cold out and the heat in.

Paul Schulman of Paul Schulman Design shares his advice for the best options to winterize your home.

1. ECO-Heater Ceramic Flat Panel Electric Space Heater
-- $88.00
-- Home Improvement Store
-- Uses 70% less energy. Product has silent flow technology and is a ceramic convection
heater. Product is easy to install and is paintable.

2. Pendleton Wool Blankets and Throws
-- $88 - $229
-- Room & Board
-- Woven from light, warm 100% wool, Room & Board's exclusive Pendleton Eco-Wise Wool® Blankets and Throws add an essential layer to any bed, chair or couch. Designed for easy machine-washing, the blankets will retain its softness and beautiful color wash after wash.

3. Cable and Chain Rugs
-- $899 - $1,999
-- Room & Board
-- Many homes and apartments in Chicago have wood floors throughout. The easiest way to heat up a cold wood floor is by adding a space rug. Like your favorite sweater, these rugs feature patterns that add incredible softness and texture to your room. Woven by hand, the natural colors complement any space. Hand-woven, 100% wool.

4. Velvet Window Drapes
-- $149 - $459
-- Restoration Hardware
-- Heavy curtains can help keep chilly drafts out of a home. Keep curtains closed at nighttime, but open them up during the day to allow for sunlight to stream in. Choose a neutral color that won't add noise to a room and are easily removable from season to season. Crafted by a venerable textile mill, these rich, velvet draperies offers windows a soft, romantic look. Heavyweight, high-quality, all-cotton velvet. 100% cotton lining for warmth and privacy.

5. Seal N' Peel Removable Weatherstrip Caulk
-- $7.49
-- Home Improvement Store
-- Unique removable weatherstrip caulk provides a watertight and weatherproof seal that seals out drafts and moisture. Peels away easily when removal is desired and won't damage painted surfaces. For interior and exterior use.

Tip: Turn down the temperature of your water heater during the winter to save money. Your body will be adjusted to chilly winter temperatures, so it is not necessary for the water temperature in your home to be above 102 degrees Fahrenheit.

Tip: Be sure all of your heat vents are unobstructed by furniture. Your furnace works less when heated air is not blocked and the cooler air can circulate back freely. This also allows for a completely free way to revamp a room.

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