Rising bills, colder weather… we’ve heard all about the trials facing us as we move into the winter months. What can we do?
While there are many ways to ensure your home is well insulated and warm, like insulating your loft, we’ve put together some cost effective, simple, and quick ideas that can help you to keep your home warm this winter.
Add additional layers
When you’re looking to save money on your heating, keeping additional soft furnishings around the house can make all the difference!
Think about throws, weighted blankets, and warmer bedspreads to keep you cosy on those cold evenings.
Get Your Radiators Ready
Getting your radiators ready for winter should be one of the top items on your list. Bleeding your radiators is a fast and simple task to get them working at their best again - you won’t need a plumber to do it!Reposition Furniture
Think about where your furniture is currently positioned – are you obstructing your radiators? Warm air needs sufficient space to circulate around all furniture in the room.
Place key pieces of furniture like beds and desks near radiators to benefit from the warmth, with a gap to allow the air to circulate, and keep them away from windows to minimise feeling a draught.
Invest in Rugs
A rug is a speedy simple solution if you have flooring that is classically colder underfoot.
A good rug can really make a difference. A wool rug is the best choice if your room is dry and not humid, as the fibre has insulative properties. If there is moisture present in your home, or for a more humid room, a synthetic rug is a better alternative.
Take Advantage of the Sunshine
While winter isn’t known for an abundance of sunny days, on the rare days it isn’t overcast, capitalise on the free solar energy.
Any sunlight will naturally heat up the room, so keep your curtains open until the sun begins to set.
Close your curtains overnight to keep the warmth in!
Keep the Oven Door Open After Cooking
Utilise your culinary skills for more than making food! When you’ve switched your oven off after cooking, don’t shut the door – let the heat radiate out into your kitchen for as long as the heat lasts.
Disclaimer: avoid leaving the oven open if you have pets or small children, to avoid potential injuries.
Close all the Doors
This one may seem a little obvious, but that’s also why it’s easy to overlook. Leaving doors open is a fast way to let heat escape a room and will mean you're more likely to turn up the central heating in the evening. Simply closing the doors will make your space feel a lot warmer.