When it’s cold and wet outside and the nights are long and dark, it becomes all the more important that your home is a warm and inviting sanctuary from the outside world. If you want to be sure that your home is as cozy as possible, there are things that you can do to keep the warmth in and the cold out!
Upgrade Your Heating System
You can save money in the long term by upgrading your heating system to one that is newer and more efficient. In addition to allowing you to have a better quality system, installing a new heating system is a great opportunity to review the placement of your radiators and discuss options like underfloor heating so that you can be sure that your home is warm in all the places that you and your family need it to be.
Heating systems are well worth a consultation with professionals like nonpareilsolutions.co.uk, as they will advise you on the best solutions to work in harmony with the type of home that you have.
Insulating your home is one of the most effective things you can do not only to keep your home warm but to save on your energy bills as well.
- Wall Insulation. About a third of the heat that is lost from uninsulated homes escapes through the walls. Newer homes will usually have insulation already, but if you have an older house, then you could benefit from having wall insulation installed. If you have cavity walls, the installation method is to pump insulation material into the walls cavity from the outside. If you have solid walls, the method of insulation is to add solid boards to the outside or inside of your walls which have a layer of insulation on the inside.
- Loft Insulation. Around 25% of the heat in your home can be lost through the roof. You can buy loft insulation material from most DIY stores, and if your roof space is easily accessible, rolling out the insulation is something that you can do yourself.
- Floor Insulation. Generally, you will only need to insulate the ground floor of your home, although it can be beneficial to insulate the floor above unheated spaces such as garages.
Draught proofing is the cheapest and most effective way to keep the heat in your home. Look out for anything that is allowing a draft to come into your home such as chimneys or gaps in the brickwork or window frames and plug them up. It’s important to ensure that you allow ventilation when draft proofing your home, otherwise you could end up with condensation and damp. Draught proofing is something you can do yourself, but it’s also possible to employ professional draught excluders relatively cheaply.
Windows and Doors
Installing curtains over windows and doors will ensure that no unnecessary heat is lost from your home. If you have any radiators under your windows, be sure that your curtains aren’t covering them as this will mean that the heat from the radiator can’t get out into the room.
Decorate with Warmth in Mind
Decorating your home to make it look warmer can be surprisingly effective! Try using warm colors, and different layers and textures of fabric to create a cozy feel. Be sure to have lots of blankets to wrap yourself up in while you’re drinking a hot chocolate too… bliss!