*The following post is a contributed article.
Fall and winter are magical times, with families all over looking forward to Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the first sight of snow. Unfortunately, along with all of this festive buzz, there is also the cold weather to be dealt with. No one wants to sit in the freezing cold, especially when you have young children in the house, but that doesn’t mean that you can afford to pay through the nose for energy either. Thankfully, you don’t have to. Here are eight ways you can keep your home warm this winter without turning up the heat.
#1 Block Up Any Draughts
Keeping your home warm is tough at the best of times, but, when you have draughts bringing cold air in and letting the warm air out, you’re going to struggle even more. Because of this, it’s important that you take the time to spot and block up these areas. Common cold spots tend to include keyholes, chimneys, letter slots, and the space around your windows and doors.
#2 Let The Sunlight Shine
When the weather is less than kind outside, instinct tends to tell you to close your curtains and block out the world. Unfortunately, this could make your home colder. Even on the worst of days, the sun still provides natural warmth, which you could use to heat your home. For this reason, you should leave curtains and blinds open during the day and close them when the sun sets
#3 Switch Out Old Windows
Glass transmits heat incredibly easy, making it difficult for single-glazed windows to keep your home warm. With that in mind, you may want to consider buying energy-efficient replacement windows. These have a layer of air between each panel of glass, making it harder for hot air to escape your home. If this is too expensive, you could also consider secondary glazing films.
#4 Maximize The Attic Insulation
Most of the heat lost from your home will escape through the roof, so you should do what you can to limit and prevent this. One of the best ways is installing attic insulation. This is fairly cheap to do and can often be carried out without the help of a professional. Just make sure that you are careful, understand what you’re doing, and wear protective clothing, goggles, and a face mask.
#5 Keep The Radiators Clear
On a cold winter’s day, most of us would love nothing more than cuddling up in front of the radiator watching TV with our kids. Unfortunately, this could make it harder for you to heat up the rest of your home. Placing furniture in front of a heat source prevents the hot air from circulating properly, which will waste energy and money. Keep the radiators clear or leave a gap instead.
#6 Roll Out A Rug
Wood flooring may look beautiful and offer a refreshing cold touch during the summer, but, throughout the winter, they let heat escape from right under you. To prevent this and keep your feet toasty warm, you should lay down a thick and cozy rug. If you have little ones wandering around, you should secure this to the floor to keep them from tripping over it.
#7 Cover Up The Walls
Stone and solid brick may insulate your home better than glass, but they still lose a lot of heat when they’re left bare. With that in mind, you might want to install wall insulation. If this isn’t ideal for you, then any type of wall covering, like a framed picture or bookshelf can help to reduce the amount of heat loss. Even a small poster can keep your home a little bit warmer each day.
#8 Install A New Boiler
Your boiler may seem like it’s working just fine, but this may not necessarily be true. If yours is ten or more years old, then it probably isn’t as efficient as it should or could be. To keep your home warmer for less, you should have a new boiler installed by professionals as soon as you can. This will also reduce the chance of an inconvenient, chilly, and costly breakdown mid-winter.
The days are getting shorter, and it’s getting significantly colder both outside and inside your home. Although gas prices are on the rise, you can’t just make peace with the chill when you have young children to take care of. Instead, you need to take action and create a warmer home without turning up the heat. Hopefully, with the tips above, you’ll be able to do just that.
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