Keeping home heating costs low doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, when you turn the thermostat down an extra degree or two, it gives you a good reason to stock up on cozy textiles for the bedroom, living room, and more. Here are some of the different ways to warm up with cozy winter textiles for the home.
Thermal Insulation Curtains
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Thermal insulation curtains (sometimes called cold-blocking curtains) are made of thicker, heavier material than standard curtains. This style of curtain is typically layered and backed by a thick, insulating layer. They are either double or triple layered and may also be coated on one side with an acrylic foam.
Area Rug Pad
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If your aim is to warm up a tile, hardwood, or laminate floor by adding area rugs, you’ll want to remember one very important detail –the rug pad. You can increase the R-Value of your new floor covering by adding a high-quality rug pad along with it.
Look for a dense, 40-ounce, felt rug pad to prevent the cold from seeping up through the floor and into your feet. This type of rug pad can also keep your floors protected, increase the lifespan of your rug, and also provide noise reduction assistance.
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Don’t worry about being cold at night if you turn the thermostat down in an effort to save on home heating costs. There is nothing cozier than the feeling of flannel sheets on a chilly winter’s night! The reason is because the flannel napping traps heat in insulating air pockets. Napping is the process by which the thick cotton material is roughed up with thousands of tiny, metal teeth, which work to create that fluffy texture for which flannel is so well known.
The best flannel sheets are soft to the touch, instantly warm and breathable…breathability is actually the most important detail. This means ensuring that you choose 100% cotton flannel sheets. Cotton flannel sheets are more comfortable and longer lasting than synthetic flannel. They are also moisture wicking, which makes them a good option for people who tend to perspire at night.
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Cuddling up on the couch with a warm blanket is possibly one of life’s simplest pleasures. It provides instant comfort for body, mind and soul. Faux fur, super sumptuous plush, and chunky knits are options made in hygge heaven. Not only do they feel warm, but they add texture and warmth to the overall look of the room. Throw in a crackling fireplace, a warming beverage and a good book and you have the makings of a perfect evening at home.
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