Winter has well and truly arrived, and the climate is only set to get chillier as Christmas approaches. With the colder weather arriving, you’ll likely be spending more and more time in the comfort of your home, looking for some warmth. However, with heating prices set to rise again this year, you might be feeling hesitant about cranking up your home’s heating – so what other, more cost effective, ways are there to keep your home warm?
Add additional décor
If your home isn’t properly insulated, a lot of heat can escape through your floorboards. So, a top tip is to invest in one or two thick rugs for your living areas, not only will they be a nice addition to your décor but they’ll also go some way to keeping your house warm. Rugs aren’t only the décor addition you can make. You might always want to consider sourcing some thick curtains – or making your existing ones thicker by sewing additional layers on the back. This will keep in any heat escaping through your windows – just make sure you open them during the day to make the most of any natural light and heating coming in from outside.
Re-arrange your furniture
As well as investing in some new pieces, you might want to consider re-thinking the layout of some of your rooms, particularly moving furniture away from radiators. For instance, if you currently have a sofa in front of a radiator, the sofa will be absorbing all the heat, stopping it from filling the room. Small adjustments like this can make a big difference to the overall warmth of your house.
Eliminate any draughts
Your letterbox, cat flaps, even your keyhole could be letting in small draughts that add up to a lot of cold air circulating around your house, so make sure you cover them up as best you can. Putting a brush in your letterbox or buying a dedicated keyhole cover can do the trick to eliminate these small draughts.
Cavity wall insulation is currently big business in the UK and having the feature in your home can significantly reduce the amount of heat you lose, so it is an option that is worth considering for many homeowners. The key to cavity wall insulation is making sure you use an experienced installer, using the right materials to ensure you avoid damp problems in the future.
What do you do to keep your house warm in the winter months? Let us know in the comments or on social media, we’d love to hear your tips.