Give your home win­ter a warm -up

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The cold tem­per­a­tures are here to stay – so as you take cover in­doors, it’s the per­fect time to put home im­prove­ment projects on your to-do list. Here are a few ideas to make your home feel and look fab­u­lous very quickly: From Bor­ing to Bold

The bath­room is a great place to start im­prove­ments, so if yours is bor­ing, ba­sic, or just out­dated, it’s time to make a change – even on a bud­get.

Faucets are a sim­ple and af­ford­able way to in­stantly re­new the look and func­tion­al­ity of this busy room. For ex­am­ple, the Darcy bath­room col­lec­tion from Moen in­cludes tran­si­tion­ally styled saucets that pro­vide a soft-mod­ern look and wa­ter-sav­ing benefits to of­fer the best of form, func­tion, and beauty in no time. The col­lec­tion is also avail­able in Spot Re­sist Brushed Nickel fin­ish, so you’ll save time clean­ing, as it helps re­sist wa­ter spots and fin­ger­prints. Weather the Win­ter Wisely

No one wants to spend money on high en­ergy bills, so be sure your home isn’t los­ing heat through win­dows and doors that aren’t in­su­lated prop­erly. Up­dates such as weather strip­ping can keep the cool air out while keep­ing the warm air in­side – all of which will pre­vent throw­ing money out the win­dow.

And don’t stop there. Sim­ple tasks, such as re­plac­ing worn-out caulk, in­su­lat­ing your out­lets, and prep­ping your win­dows with plas­tic cling for the win­ter months can sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce heat­ing bills. Quick Kitchen Up­grade

Cold weather keeps us in­side with far more cooking and en­ter­tain­ing in the kitchen. Decor ad­vis­ers at Moen Canada say that the quick­est way to up­date the kitchen, much like the bath­room, is by in­stalling a new faucet. From food prepa­ra­tion to clean-up, the faucet is a ma­jor work­horse – as well as a beauty fo­cal point. Pull­down and pullout faucets are a popular choice, such as the com­pany’s new Brook­shire kitchen faucet, which fea­tures dec­o­ra­tive touches and clas­sic styling with a pullout de­sign for at-your-fin­ger­tips wa­ter de­liv­ery. It’s equipped with the Re­flex sys­tem, which of­fers self-re­trac­tion of the spray wand, as well as a wide range of mo­tion, gen­er­ous reach, and se­cure dock­ing re­trac­tion. Get Fired Up

Noth­ing feels bet­ter on a cold night than get­ting cozy by a fire, but is your fire­place prepped for the sea­son? For a wood-burning fire­place, in­spect the chim­ney for nests or cracks. Next, clean it thor­oughly to re­move cre­osote (un­burned fuel) to pre­vent un­wanted fires. For gas-burning fire­places, be sure the air­ways of the pi­lot and main burn­ers are work­ing prop­erly and the blower is clean. Fi­nally, be sure you have work­ing car­bon monox­ide and smoke de­tec­tors, as well as an op­er­a­tional fire ex­tin­guisher nearby. Now it’s easy to re­lax and en­joy the warm glow safely. Fo­cus on Fix­tures and Fans

With shorter win­ter days, there’s less nat­u­ral light and so you may no­tice your fix­tures a lot more. For added il­lu­mi­na­tion and en­ergy sav­ings, up­date in­can­des­cent bulbs with brighter, En­ergy Star-rated bulbs which use about 75 per­cent less en­ergy and last 10 to 25 times longer. Next, take a look at the ceil­ing fans in your home. Start by clean­ing the blades with a gen­tle de­ter­gent and then switch the blades to ro­tate clock­wise. Chang­ing this set­ting pushes warm air down into the room, mak­ing it feel warmer.

Your home will op­er­ate more ef­fi­ciently with th­ese win­ter­time changes – and as im­por­tantly, it will look and feel fab­u­lous.

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