Winter is fast approaching. The season that hosts Christmas, snow angels and Costa’s hot chocolate range is almost here. While winter possesses some of the most special days of the year, it also brings snow, ice and horrible temperatures with it. It is so important to keep your house warm during the winter months to keep yourself and your family safe.
While heating bills will undoubtedly increase over the next few months, there are ways to minimise the rise in this cost, so you can use your money to create memories with your family. Considering the majority of the world is working from home, saving some cash will make a huge difference to Christmas this year.
We have compiled a list of five ways to keep your home warmer during these colder months.
Firstly, let’s start with what every parent says, put a jumper on.
Staying warm is so important - Layer up and wrap up warm
Jumpers, leggings under PJS, thick socks. Wrapping up warm and cosy is what winter is all about. Put the fireplace on, grab a hot chocolate and relax. One of life's simplest things.
If you are layering up there is no need to raise that thermostat to a high temperature, keeping your costs lower.
Time to purchase a hot water bottle and get cosy. Not only does this keep you warmer during these winter months, it is also at minimal cost. Win, win, right?
Take advantage when the sun is shining and open your curtains to let in the natural sunlight
Even though it can be cold outside, there are some days where the sun shines so brightly you feel as if you could wear your shorts. Utilise this. Open your curtains wide and let the sun shine in.
However, as soon as it starts getting darker (soon to be 5pm), close your curtains to stop the heat from being lost. You can also purchase thicker curtains which will keep the heat in a lot better than thinner ones.
Insulation will dramatically reduce heat loss in the home
This is the obvious starting point. Effective installation dramatically reduces heat loss in the home. Therefore, your heating doesn't need to work as hard to keep your house warm and cosy.
When it comes to heat, around 25% of it is lost through the roof. This can be immediately stopped by properly installing your roof. Not only is it imperative to instal your roof properly, you need to make sure that your walls are up to standard also.
Injecting cavity walls with installation is one of the most cost effective ways to reduce your costs when keeping your home warm during those colder months, as it boosts your home’s thermal efficiency. This needs to be completed by a professional as the risks of doing it wrong are unthinkable.
Fill the floorboards to reduce the chances of heat escaping
If you have gaps in your floorboards fill them. This is a quick and easy way to stop losing heat in your home. It is surprising how many people do not realise they have gaps in their flooring.
Floorboards are great for summer but not so much in winter. Putting a nice fluffy rug down not only adds style to the room but will keep your feet warmer; it acts as a heat trap. Style and substance, you can’t beat a good rug.
Put a timer on your heating so it comes on when you are going to need it most
This may seem like a simple suggestion but a highly effective one. The Centre for Sustainable Energy suggests to schedule your boiler to turn the heating on a little earlier than needed (around 30 minutes), but at a lower temperature is cheaper than turning it on when needed at a higher temperature.
Do not make the mistake of leaving it on all day, as that is a huge waste in cost that you can avoid.
There are so many ways that you can keep your house warmer over the colder months, but it’s important to find the tactics that suit you best. Here at Yard Direct, we are the UK’s best window specialist.
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