Keeping your home comfortable this winter with 7 steps
Winter is the time of year you probably spend the most time at home, so you want your home to feel as warm and snug as possible.
While insulating your home and getting more efficient boilers is the obvious solution, this is not in everyone’s budget. Fortunately, there are some quick and easy measures you can take to keep things cosy.
If radiators are on outside walls, some heat will be lost through the wall. You can retain this by lining the wall behind the radiator with reflective foil. This can be bought from DIY stores or you can use kitchen foil; just place the shiny side toward the radiator.
Curtains for you
A lot of heat is lost through windows. Fitting thick curtains and making sure you close them at night is a great way of keeping heat in. If you don’t want to buy new curtains, get some cheap fleece material and make your own linings. A curtain over outside doors can help cut draughts and retain heat.
If you don’t have efficient double-glazed windows, there are Cheltenham Double Glazing companies that can help you and this will have a real impact on the warmth within your home. It will also add value to your property and give it a fresh new look.
In a flap
Letterboxes and cat flaps can let in draughts. Line letterboxes with a brush and use an old blanket or sheep’s wool insulation to line pet flaps and keep heat in.
Let the sunshine in
You may have opted for thick curtains, but remember to open them during the day to benefit from the free heat of the sun. Close them at dusk to keep in the heat you’ve gained.
If you have an older house, it probably has a fireplace, but few people actually light fires any more. An open chimney can let heat escape and allow cold air in. Blocking it with a special chimney balloon solves the problem, but remember to remove it if you do want to light a fire.
Flooring, whether it is engineered wood flooring or carpet, can make a room feel warm, but not if there’s a draught howling across it. Old-fashioned draught excluders work well, and you can make your own from off-cuts of fabric.