Is your house ready for winter?

Temperatures dropped across most of the country this week, giving us a taste of what will most likely be another long winter. Don't let the cold weather bring you down. Instead, take a look at some helpful tips to get your Milwaukee home ready for winter, and maybe pour yourself some hot chocolate while you're at it:

  • Cover your windows: As the weather gets colder, think about replacing your light and sheer curtains with heavier drapes. Window coverings don't just pull a room together, they can also help retain heat in the cold winter months and subsequently cut your energy costs. Stop by Bazaar Home Decorating Center's Milwaukee showroom to peruse our wide selection of energy-friendly and stylish custom window covering. 
  • Get your furnace in shape: "Used properly, programmable thermostats can save up to $180 a year on heating and cooling costs," reports Better Homes and Gardens. Make sure your furnace is running properly to ensure a stress free (and warmer) winter. Experts recommend setting your thermostat to 68 degrees to help minimize energy costs, as well as replacing your manual thermostat with a programmable one.
  • Wash your windows: Experts also suggest washing the windows in your home at least twice a year. Before the snow is here, give your windows a thorough cleaning and check for any cracks or disruptions in the caulking. Either pick up cleaning solution from your local supermarket, or concoct a DIY liquid with household items such as vinegar.

For even more stylish window fashions and tips to keep your home warm in the winter, be sure to browse Bazaar Home Decorating Center's website.