During the winter months, there is nothing quite like being at home, getting cosy and counting down to spring.
Rather than just reaching for the heating thermostat, there are some simple things you can do to inject extra warmth into your property. Take a look at our top tips for keeping your home warm throughout this winter.
A simple yet highly effective solution to keeping your home warm is blocking out any draughts. Draught excluders and self-adhesive rubber seals around doors and windows are cheap and easy to install, and will make the world of difference, especially in older homes.
Almost 25% of heat is lost through the roof of your property but this can be easily reduced through loft insulation. While the initial cost outlay of this service might seem steep, you will save plenty of money in the long run on your heating bills.
Get your boiler serviced or upgraded
You use your boiler all year round, not just for heating but for hot water as well. To that end, it’s recommended that you give your boiler an annual service to ensure it’s working in tip top shape – be sure to use a Gas Safe Registered Engineer.
If the boiler is more than ten years old, you might consider replacing the system to a newer, more efficient model. This could save you heaps of money on your gas bill, using less energy to produce the same amount of heat throughout the home.
While you might be tempted to turn up the thermostat when the cold weather hits, this can waste excess energy. Instead, aim to set the temperature between 18°C and 21°C and set your heating schedule to turn on when you need it most, ideally when you first get up in a morning and shortly before you get home from work.
Reflect the heat
Get the most out of your heating by installing panels behind your radiators to reflect the heat away from the wall and back into the room. You can purchase panels from many online retailers for a reasonable price, or if you’re more of a DIY type, make your own. Simply cover a large piece of cardboard in tinfoil and place behind your radiator – you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much difference this makes.
Use your curtains
A lot of heat escapes your home through the windows so simply closing your curtains during the long winter nights can really boost the warmth in your home. Similarly, be sure to take advantage of the heat from the sun by opening the curtains during the day and closing again at night to retain the natural warmth.
To up the ante even further, you could line the curtains with a thermal material to really feel the heat.
Rugs, rugs, rugs
Rugs can really tie a room together, but they can also help to keep your room feeling toasty too. Particularly useful for covering hardwood or laminated flooring, rugs work well on carpet and it is totally on trend to layer up rugs throughout the home. With so many different styles to choose from, from modern patterns, traditional styles, or big fluffy rugs, you are bound to find something you love that will make your home feel cosier.