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Tricks to warm and comfort your house in winter

The winter is coming. The unique features of winter are coldness, the wet along with dryness which lead to many different respiratory diseases such as flu, and cough. To avoid suffering those typical diseases of winter, you have to make your surrounding atmosphere warmer and cozier.

There are some directions to create warmer and cozier house without the least usage of energy.

  1. Make your room as much simple as possible. Winter is not season of light fixtures and dusty bulbs. It is proved that your house gets 30% brighter after clean dirty light fixtures and dusty bulbs.
  2. Eliminate all the air leaks. Window is not the only entrance for cold air attacking to your house. There are so many other entries for them such as gaps stealthy gapsaround recessed lights, electrical boxes, and wall outlets. You can seal those sneaky air leaks by using a lit incense stick or placing pieces of furniture front of the air leak. However, don’t seal them permanently, because they will be useful for you when summer comes.
  3. Install a gel fireplace

Traditional gas and wood fireplace are no more fashionable because they burn air and exhaust toxic gases. A gel fireplace is a heating machine producing heat without utilizing traditional material like gas, wood, electricity or even a chimney. An outstanding advantage of it is smoke-free and fewer emission of allegans. A gel fireplace does not cost much money. The average price is for a basic model is $150. Fee for gel fuel is not expensive; it’s about $35 to every 12 cans.

Trick: use a small cooker as a mini fireplace. The warm air stream coming from the cooker boosts level of moisture in the air and level of temperature by its heat. By using small cooker to replace fireplace, you can save more energy and money in electricity bill.

  1. Bring nature inner your house

Many indoor garden plants have ability of improving people’s health as well as decorating house and enhancing living environment such as African violet, Boston fern, English Ivy, eucalyptus, Gerbera daisy, peace Lily, etc. Plants’ photosynthesis process contributes to air cycle in your house. By breathing in carbon dioxide, they help your house always full of fresh air and make it cozier. Beside, their health improving function directly makes people comfortable.


5.HVAC replacement

HVAC filter is a part of a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system to help it work longer and more efficient. The best frequency of HVAC filter replacement is once a month to avoid excess of dust concentration during circulating process.

6.Daylight maximum

Natural lighting is very important to house coziness and warmth. Although in winter, it is a lack of natural light like sunlight. However, rare sunlight in winter brings your house a lot of natural brightness and warmth. Therefore, try to maximize daylight coming in your house by some notes:

  • Always keep your windows pane-fully out of dust. The clearer they are, the bigger amount of sunlight you can get
  • Let ditch your windows’ screen regularly. Moisture on the screen traps dirt and prevents sunlight from coming in.
  • Do not open windows frequently. This does not capture daylight but water and cold outside.
  • Put an interior window to a room next to a sun-drenched to make use of natural light.
  • Add an interior window to a room next to a sun-drenched space to take advantage of natural light.

7.    Repaint your house with hot colors like yellow, pink, orange and so on to remind you of summer and warmth.

Preparation to design an indoor garden

  1. Choose a best place for your garden. An outstanding indoor garden creation depends much on its place. Space selection is very important for nutrition” supplier for plants. A sunny area near window where is always full of sunshine and warmth. The best places are east and west facing windows. However, some note involving heat and sunlight standard you need to know when placing your garden:
  • Do not put your plant where temperature is too cold like an attic or garage. Cold slow down growth of plants in your garden or even kill them whereas warmth can stimulate their development.
  • Do not grow your plants so close to air vents and fan that might dry your trees out and damage them by creating water drainage.
  1. After choosing the right place for your garden, depending on characteristics and natural features of this area, choose a suitable type and style of your garden. There are two popular styles of indoor garden: container gardening and hydroponic or aquaponic one. The container gardening is using a series of planters or container to plant trees and flowers in soil in traditional gardening method. Hydoponic gardening is a modern gardening method that plants are arranged vertically in non-soil starter and nurtured by fertilized water.

  1. Take control of the environment. An outstanding advantage of planting indoor is that you totally can control “the weather” though it requires a lot of techniques and work to do. However, the result you get will be a great payback for all of your effort. Air temperature, water regularity and land condition are three main things you can take control and they are the most important things affecting on growth of your plants. You can vary them by special materials, machine and equipment like air conditioner, artificial water system and fertilizer.


  1. Next, select a lighting system. You can choose using either natural lighting system or artificial one. Natural lighting system is recommend by designer because it provides more essential nutrition such as vitamin D for plants and save energy as well as money for garden owner. Using this system also is friendly to the environment. However, while using natural lighting system, you still need support of artificial one. For instance, in winter, the natural sunlight is not enough for plants, you have to add some more light by using yellow lighter. This enhances temperature level in your garden.

5.Pick plants for your garden. There is a wide range of plants for you to choose. You can choose suitable trees or flowers basing on aspects such as your hobbies, house design, garden shape and so on. However, do not just pick up too randomly, you should choose which appropriate for your favor and garden features. Avoid picking trees that have contrast characteristics in the same garden.

Last but not least, imagine how you will arrange plants in your garden then design them on paper. Learn about each tree and flower nutrition demand to have best placement.

Designing a container garden

Among two types of indoor garden (container gardening and hydroponic gardening), container gardening seem to be more favorite by self-gardener because the process of designing and making one container garden is easier to do. It includes 4 basic steps:

  1. Containers choosing

There is a wide range of containers for you to choose. Because you are not a professional gardener, you can choose either traditional tree planting pot or specialized container sold in garden supply store. Or even you can make homemade containers by recycling old plastic boxes. Suitable size for a container is twice as big as a root ball size. Choose containers have water drainage holes or make them yourself. The best choice for retaining moisture is using plastic containers. Avoid utilizing treated with chemicals container which can cause damage to your plants. You can use wood container however, try to find some made of read wood or a high durable wood.

  1. Potting mixture

Potting mixture is not just putting a bunch of soil from your garden into planting pot and using them to plant your trees. Natural soil contains many disease sources and insects that are harmful to your plants. Beside, the level of sand inside is not harmonious and not ideal for trees’ growth. You should buy pre-made potting mix to ensure the quality and quantity of nutrition on land for plants’ development. You also can make it on your own. Ingredients you need are 1 part coir peat, 1 part vermiculite, and 2 parts compost.

  1. Set up essential systems in your garden
  • Essentials system for tree’s growth are lighting integrated with temperature conditioning system, water supplier system, water drainage system and shelves system to containing container system.
  • The systems have to be arranged suitable for the garden area, shape and location.
  • If your garden is big and wide, you need to set up a shelves system with many rows and columns. In each row and column, it is necessary to set up a water supplier, lighting and temperature control.
  • If your garden is small, you totally can rein all systems on your own. It will save money but take more work.
  • Or else, you can hire a professional garden care taker to help you take care of your garden. However, fee for your garden will be a large amount of money.
  1. Plants growing

This is the last step in any garden designing process. Plants’ development will show how successful your work is and the result you get is more than a beautiful garden but an environmentally friendly action.

Basic knowledge of Feng shui

According to Rodika Tchi – a Feng shui expert, Feng shui is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China. It is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure health and good fortune for people inhabiting it.

It is believed that Feng shui is one of 5 main influences on success in life. Therefore, having basic knowledge of Feng shui rules is essential for each mature person. And there are ten fundamental Feng shui rules that you should follow:

  • House front door inviting: the front door and front of the house is the face of the house which visitors see first when arriving at your house. It also the part that capture positive energies into your house. Therefore, this area should be clean and clear, without clutter or obstacles. You also should avoid breaking things and throw away dead plants and animals.
  • Keep every room tidy: not only in feng shui rules but also in normal life principal, clutter in room is unacceptable. It prevents positive energies and fresh air from coming in the room and encourages accumulation of negative factors such as bacteria, moisture and bad luck (according to Asia conception). De-clutter help your mind relaxed and feel peaceful while breaking make you insecure and worry.

  • Correct furniture placement: In Feng shui, the owner should avoid placing objects in the way not to narrow the way and refrain people from freely moving because it is believed that how they move reflect flow of energy and process of development. In addition, seats should be near walls as to whenever sitting, people are able to sit with their back to walls that make feeling of stability and safety.
  • Separate work areas with relax areas: work space and rest area should be away from each other. Each area has distinctive functions. If they are mixed they can not do their functions successfully. For instance, work material placed in bedroom always reminds you of unfinished work, as a result, you can not sleep well.
  • Fix defect immediately: Any broken or out of order thing can restrict positive energy flow. Therefore, when any house feature out of work, make repairs promptly to ensure the flow of energy not to be diminished.
  • Using mirrors: mirrors’ refection is consider a way to double good energies and ban bad ones from coming inside. However, you should remember not to put it facing the front door that positive energy will be reflected back out the house.
  • Grow nature inside your house: growing some flora indoor is not only appealing to great energies to come to your house but also manufacturing them itself. Recommended trees and flowers to plant inside your house are oranges and lemons.
  • Featuring the five basic elements (metal, wood, water, fire, earth, according to Eastern philosophy). The most importance to successful implementation of feng shui is water feature. It mainly creates feeling of relaxation and harmony.

  • Decorate the house with proper colors: Each color has a representing function. For example, green symbolizes nature so that call for hope in the life. Red represents passion, success and happiness. Yellow is symbol of power and high social status. Other light colors represent relaxation and peace. Therefore, choose suitable colors using purpose of each room in the house.
  • Limit usage of sharp lines and corners. Sharp lines and corners often remind people of weapon and danger so in Feng shui, it is advised to avoid use this kind of shape in the house and recommended to use furniture and ornaments with rounded shape. This will make more feeling of safety and calmness.

We hope that Feng shui rules above are beneficial for you in home improvement. Visit elainehome.org to get more information relating to home improvement field.