As the cold months roll in, keeping your house warm in winter becomes a priority. However, blasting the heat isn’t the only (or most energy-efficient) way to fend off the chill. Here are eight handy tips to ensure a warm and cosy home environment, without adding to your heating bills.
1. Get rid of draughts
Little gaps around your doors and windows can let a surprising amount of cold air in. It is easy to seal those gaps with either weather stripping or draught excluders. For an extra layer of insulation, consider adding heavy curtains or thermal blinds to your windows to keep the warmth in and the cold out.
2. Reverse your ceiling fan
Ceiling fans aren’t only for summer. By using the reverse switch to make the fan spin clockwise, you can spread the warm air that rises to the ceiling back down into the room. This helps keep the room warm and can save on heating bills.
3. Put layers on your flooring
Floors can account for as much as 10% of heat loss if they’re not insulated. Rugs and carpets not only keep your feet warm but also add an extra layer of insulation to prevent heat loss. They are a stylish and functional solution to keep your house warm in winter.
4. Set your thermostat
Programmable thermostats allow you to schedule specific temperatures for different times of the day. Lower the heat when you’re not at home or when you’re sleeping. You can then set it to heat your house right before you wake up or return home. It’s a convenient and effective way to manage your heating system.
5. Let the sunlight in
In winter, sunlight can still warm your home. Open your curtains during the day to let the sun in, and close them at night to keep the heat inside. This simple trick helps keep your home cosy and can save on heating costs.
6. Look after your heating system
Regular maintenance of your heating system ensures that it operates efficiently. Clean the filters, check for leaks and get a professional service carried out annually. The more efficient your system is, the faster it will heat your home – not to mention using less energy.
7. Rearrange furniture for warmth
Move furniture away from radiators and vents to let warm air circulate freely. If you position seating near your interior walls, it will help keep your space heated during cold months. Adjusting your furniture layout is a simple and immediate way to make rooms warmer.
8. Insulate to keep the house warm in winter
If you’re searching for ways to keep your house warm in winter, don’t forget to look at your insulation. Adding an insulative external render or internal wall coating can save you a significant amount on your heating bills without the bulk associated with traditional insulation.