It’s that time of year again when the floor feels cold through your socks, you walk around the house with a cozy blanket around your shoulders, and you spend more time inside with your family than outside exploring. It is officially peak fireplace season. Use these tips to get the most out of your fireplace for the winter.
Turn Down the Thermostat
If you have a gas or wood-burning fireplace in your house this winter, don’t bother raising the thermostat to 80 degrees. Your fireplace will be able to keep your room nice and warm, and it’s aesthetically pleasing! The best part is, your gas bill will go down.
Center Family Fun Time Around the Fireplace
On those chilly winter nights when everyone is settled inside and not looking to leave the comfort of the house, turn the fireplace into an event. With the flames blazing and everyone in their pajamas, it’s the perfect setting for a family night in. You can start up a game night or even an indoor campout with roasted marshmallows and ghost stories.
Decorate for the Holidays
A fireplace is the perfect place to focus the majority of your Christmas decorations. Hanging garland on your mantle, a wreath above the fire, and stockings for each of the kids (or adults) will be a surefire way to get you feeling warm and fuzzy this season. With a roaring fireplace and festive decorations donning the mantle, your room will look like a scene from a Hallmark movie.
Go On a Staycation
If you have a day off this winter, consider staying home, putting on your warmest pajamas, grabbing a cup of tea, and sitting in front of the fire with a good book. Let the hypnotic flames lull you into a relaxed state, and watch the world go by through your window. Sometimes, there is nothing better than staying just where you are – especially if you have made your home your personal oasis.
Don’t get down when the air is chilly outside. Instead, take advantage of the best parts of the season by using your fireplace as a source of comfort, warmth, and family bonding. You won’t regret it!