5 Ways to Keep your Home Warm in Winter
Even people who like to see how cold they can stand will need to heat their homes at some point if they want to be comfortable and healthy during the cold winter. The cost is one reason people put this off and wait until the last minute to turn on their heating. But there are ways to keep your home warm without turning the heat up very high. This will save you money and make your home use less energy. Read on to find out more.
The curtains in your home have dual purposes: insulate your space and provide privacy. Keep the blinds or curtains open during the day to let in as much sunlight as possible (the sun’s rays will warm the ground even if you can’t feel their warmth). This will cause the heat to be drawn into your house. Close the curtains as the sun goes down to keep the cool air out and the ‘caged’ heat inside. Your thermostat may still need to be used, but not as much.
Setting a timer is preferable to turning on the heater manually if someone feels chilly. If you plan it right, you can avoid waking up to a frigid home while saving money by reducing the time the heater is on (but still leaving a wonderful, toasty feeling). Just don’t forget to turn off the heat when you leave the house, even if it is on a low setting, so you don’t waste money and energy heating the house when you don’t need to.
Give Your Radiators Space
Are your radiators hidden from view by huge pieces of furniture such as sofas, chairs, bookcases, or other items? If this is the case, they won’t be able to do their work effectively, and your home will continue to be chilly even when the heating is turned up to its highest setting. If you move your furniture around and leave some space around your radiators, your home will be warmer because the hot air will circulate as it should rather than getting absorbed in the back of soft furnishings. This will allow you to reduce the heating you use, saving you money and making managing your home’s temperature easier.
Get Double Glazing
You should consider installing double glazing if you already have it. It reduces the amount of heat that escapes during the summer and the amount of heat that enters during the winter, and it also helps to insulate the building against the cold and the noise from the street, making your home a more pleasant and relaxing place to spend your time. Double glazing is a cost-effective and useful investment for your home.
The insulation may be to blame if you’ve already tried these things and your home isn’t warm enough. Without enough insulation, any heat you collect will quickly escape, wasting your money and providing little benefit. Check what you have, and add more if need be. It could be that the insulation you have is old, which is another reason to replace it.