Keeping your home warm this winter
With energy prices rising, many households are concerned about keeping their homes warm during the winter weather.
Here are a few tips which can help
Blinds and curtains
Keep your blinds and curtains fully open so that the light from the sun can help to heat up different rooms in the house.
This can be effective if your home or rooms are south-facing.
Controlling draughty spots
Patching up any draughty spots around your doors and windows can also help avoid losing valuable heat in your home.
Any areas exposed to draughts can bring in the cold air and also let the warm air out. Ensure that all doors have a draught excluder at the bottom and dont forget about open pet flaps or letterboxes.
With external doors, try using stormguard rubber draught seal from Robert Dyas these are ideal for keeping cold gusts outside. For internal doors, it could be worth adding some attractive draft excluders, these can also make a stylish addition to your home whilst keeping in the warm.
We use many appliances during the day that can help heat up a home. For example, when taking a hot shower the bathroom often becomes full of steam, which produces heat. When taking a shower leave the bathroom door open so the steam heats and warms the surrounding areas of the home.
Obvioulsy, you still need to be careful of letting a lot of moisture in your home without the correct ventilation, therefore a dehumidifier can help deal with this task.
Another way to help generate extra heat is to leave your oven door open after use. However you need to ensure there are no children or pets running around who may be vulnerable to burning themselves! The hot air generated to stream into your home from the oven, and should heat up your kitchen rather nicely.
Arranging your furniture
This is a well-used trick, items of furniture such as a sofa in front of the radiato will take up the majority of the heat, radiators should be left unexposed in order to heat the whole room.
In addition, bit bulky furniture that blocks any natural light entering the room can also affect the heat. As mentioned previously the sunlight entering in can help heat a room.
Heat escapes through all doors and windows within your home. Thererfore try to keep the doors and windwos closed which you are not using.
Try these tips before you feel need to turn up the heating, to ensure your home is kept as warm as possible this winter.
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