We are on our way to winter, with the temperature outside dropping every day. You want to ensure your house is kept nice and warm. But, ideally without breaking the bank on a heating bill. There’s plenty you can do to prepare for the winter months ahead to keep your home warm this winter.
Keep Your Home Warm with These Easy Tips
① Boiler Maintenance
One of the first things you need to do is make sure your boiler is working correctly. The last thing you want is for it to break down on the coldest day of the year. You’ll be facing a miserable and freezing a few days until it’s back up and running.
Cold weather can cause the pipes in your central heating system to freeze and become blocked. It’s important to get a boiler cover policy that protects your boiler and gives you peace of mind that it will be working all winter long.
② Use Thick Curtains
It’s common knowledge that windows have a huge impact on keeping the heat in your home. Lots of people know about double-glazing but, not many people will pay much attention to the next line of defense which are the curtains.
They are such a simple, and cost-effective way to keep your home warm. It’s also amazing at the difference the material makes. It’s not just windows you’ve got to watch out for either. You can also cover up your doors to add another layer of protection.
③ Rearrange Furniture
Another simple, yet effective, thing you can do to help keep your house warm is to rearrange your furniture. Perhaps your favorite armchair is right by the radiator and it’s the warmest spot in the living room. However, you’re blocking the heat from reaching the rest of the room. Instead, you want to ensure the heat circulates as much as possible.
Also, consider using rugs and carpets, as they help prevent drafts through the floor.
④ Check Your Insulation
It might be surprising to learn just how much heat radiates from your roof. Therefore, you must ensure that you have sufficient insulation. In the past, the recommended thickness was 100mm and now it’s 250 – 270mm. So if you haven’t checked recently, there’s a chance your insulation could be out of date.
There’s plenty of options you can either fit yourself or hire professionals to install. Even though it might feel expensive this winter, you’ll save yourself lots of money with your heating bill going forward.
Although winter often gets described as the most wonderful time of year, without adequate heating you’re going to have a pretty miserable time. Follow the steps above and you’ll have a much cozier home.
Do you have any tips for keeping your home warm in winter? If so, we’d love to hear from you in the comments below. You will also find links to take you to more fantastic articles about ALL things DESIGN.
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