We’re in the throes of winter and coming home to a warm house has become the best part of the day. However, for some, switching on the heating can be a huge decision.
A recent survey looked to find out why more and more households are leaving it until the very last minute to switch on the heating. Even if it’s icy outside and temperatures have fallen heavily, many families are still refusing to turn on the heating. Ever increasing energy bills are forcing people to look at other ways of conserving heating.
But there are other things that you can do to make your home feel warmer, as it could be that you are actually allowing the warmth to leave your home.
Here are a few things that you should be looking at to make your home warmer and more economical this Winter.
Is Your Loft Insulated?
The problem in many homes is that even when the central heating is on, the heat is escaping and therefore it needs to be left on longer and longer. Having your loft insulated is one way to prevent the warmth leaving your home, and it also helps keep your home cooler in Summer. Loft Insulation can be installed in the loft floor or between the beams of the roof, depending on what you want to use your loft for, storage or a living space. It is relatively cheap to buy loft insulation, but the rewards are immense and heating bills should be cut.
Remember, heat rises, so if your loft isn’t insulated, up to 25 per cent of your home’s heat is escaping through the roof. That means you are paying for 25% of those heating bills for the heat to literally disappear through your roof.
Doors and Windows
Another thing to check is your external doors and windows. If you can feel a draught coming through you need to look at ways to stop this. Double glazing is brilliant for this and if you are looking for double glazing Cheltenham you could check out Albany Windows who have some really good deals. If your budget doesn’t run to this then look at things like thicker curtains that could add another layer of insulation – lined curtains work really well for this. Keep curtains open when the daytime sun is out, but close as soon as night starts to set in.
It is fashionable these days to have bare floorboards, but boy are they a cold option. In Winter, it pays to have these covered up with a large rug, which will stop the cold coming up from concrete floors and will make your home look and feel cosier.
A simple task like keeping your doors shut should help to keep warmth in, so when you are in one room, shut the doors, Also keep doors shut on rooms you are not using, like the bedroom during the day to keep them as warm as possible.
What tips do you have to keep your home warm in Winter?