As we move through autumn into winter, now is the time of year when staying warm is a constant battle. If there is one place that you should be winning the war, it is in your own home.
Of course, there are plenty of ways that you can improve your home’s heating by installing extra devices so click here to find out more. But there are also plenty of ways that you can do this at little or no additional cost to yourself which we will look at closer here.
Use your curtains
When the sun does come out during the winter months, you should be doing everything you can to soak up every ray of light that it has to offer. This means opening up your curtains during the day to let the sun in, but closing them as soon as it goes down again. Your curtains also have the added benefit of acting as an extra layer of warmth and insulation. Make sure there aren’t any gaps as this helps to reduce condensation.
Move your sofa
Though it may be tempting to put your sofa right in front of your radiator to get as much heat as possible, it will not be working at its best when heating up your entire room. This rule also applies to your curtains and drying clothes. Keep your radiator uncovered and this should make all the difference.
Block out the draughts
Draughts are very problematic no matter where in the home you find them, so you should be taking steps to reduce these whenever possible. DIY draught-proofing is simple enough, and you should be looking to tackle your doors, windows and cracks in the floor. Self-adhesive rubber seals are fairly cheap to buy, and now is the perfect time of year to start installing them, before the real chill of winter sets in.
Install a smart thermostat
Though a smart thermostat may be more expensive than the things that we have talked about already, the savings that you are likely to enjoy will make everything worthwhile. No longer will you have to worry about your home wasting heat when you are not there as you can simply control everything from your smartphone. You can also ensure that everything is nice and toasty from the minute you step through the front door.
Reflect the heat back again
If you don’t currently have radiator panels, this is a cost-effective and relatively simple way of retaining some extra heat in your home. Essentially, these are designed to ensure that your radiators are warming up your rooms rather than your walls, and they work by reflecting heat back into the room again.
Make the most of this toasty advice and you can get ready to batten down the hatches and emerge back again next spring! Though some of these things may only seem small, they will all add up to make your home a much more warming and welcoming environment over the next few months.
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