Tips On Keeping Your Home Warm This Winter
Some of us just love the wintertime; whether it’s walking in the snow, snuggling up by the fire or cooking something warming and delicious. Others of us are just waiting for the summertime to return! Wherever you are on the scale, there’s nothing worse than a cold house in the wintertime. Sometimes even with the central heating, it’s hard to warm up those cold and drafty spots. For some advice on keeping your home warm this winter, read on!
Check for drafts
If you’ve got drafty windows and doors, you’ll lose heat plus pay more on your heating bills. It’s a good plan to check your windows and doors and fill in any gaps. It may be that you can’t make the repairs yourself and need to call in the experts. Pre wintertime can be the perfect time to get that new window installation that you’ve been putting off. With top-quality windows, you’ll keep everything nice and warm and won’t need to turn your heating up so high.
Check your insulation
Many homes can lose heat through the walls and loft, but if yours are adequately insulated, you’ll ensure that you keep the heat in. Perhaps it’s been a while since you had your insulation upgraded? Generally, older homes are more poorly insulated than new builds and so if you want to keep everything nice and warm, having a professional come and upgrade your insulation is a good idea.
Check your pipes
As well as your walls and loft, you should insulate your hot water pipes. Doing so can help you to minimize heat loss plus save yourself some energy too. You can buy special tubes yourself from a DIY store to help you do this.
Upgrade your curtains
Get yourself a nice thick pair of curtains for each room to keep the heat in. During the summer you won’t notice what a good job your curtains can do, but winter is the perfect time to get some new thick ones and let them work their magic! Often, we tend to put off interior design tasks toward the end of the year. Regardless, pre-winter can be the perfect time to revamp your home before the holiday season comes around.
Time your thermostat
It’s a good idea to get yourself a programmable thermostat that you can wirelessly control. Setting your heating on a timer can ensure that you keep the house nice and warm during the times you’ll be home. If your plans change for the evening, you can set your timer to come on later, just before you arrive home. It’s a good idea to set your heating to come on at least fifteen minutes before you arrive so that the house isn’t still cold when you get back. Timers allow you to be more energy-efficient and waste less heat.
With concerns for the environment becoming more overwhelming by the day, you won’t want to overuse your heating during the winter. Always open your curtains fully during the day to make the most of the sunlight and turn off the heating when you are not at home. When it comes to being more eco-friendly, every little helps!