Winter has arrived, and that means that we can expect to have a few chilly months ahead of us. All going well, we’ll be able to keep the chill at bay by hibernating in our homes until the warming sunshine has returned. It’s going to be a few months of Netflix, reading, and an all-around relaxed life. Or at least, that’s the idea. If your home isn’t quite as warm as it could be, then you’re going to find it difficult to enjoy the simple pleasures of the winter season. The good news is that there are things that you can do to bring the heat into your house! We take a look at a few tried and tested methods below.
Plug the Gaps
One of the reasons why people’s homes aren’t as warm as they should be is because the heat is escaping. The hot air that’s circulating around your home wants to escape; it’s up to you to ensure that it’s unable to! Start by checking out if there are any spots where a draft can get in – if there is, then there’s a spot for the heat to escape. You might also want to double check your insulation, as it can become less effective over the years.
Change the Source
Sometimes, though, it’s not that the heat is escaping; it’s that the house can’t be heated in the first place, because of the costs involved. They say there’s no getting around the expenses of heating your home, but is that the case? While you’ll always need to spend something, you probably don’t need to spend as much as you’d think. If you’re still using gas, for instance, you can make the switch to the red diesel or a wood burning stove, which are much more cost effective. If you’ve got no choice other than to use gas, check that you’re with the right supplier – there may be a cheaper option available.
Don’t Heat the Whole Home
We’re talking about heating the whole home, but really, is that necessary? In most cases, it isn’t. You only need to heat the areas of the home where you spend a decent amount of time. If you’re heating your spare room but no-one’s staying there, then all your doing is wasting money. Turn off the heating for those areas, and shut the doors – it’ll help the warm air to circulate around the rooms that matter.
There are things you can do to bring out the extra warmth, too. For instance, you should have furniture away from your radiators, so the heat has space to move (otherwise, you’re just heating the back of the couch). You should also leave the oven door open after you’ve finished cooking – that produces a lot of heat, and you may as well make the most of it for your home.
Keep Yourself Warm
Finally, don’t forget that staying warm in the home begins with wearing the right clothes! If you’re trying to warm the home yet you’re wearing shorts and a t-shirt, you’re doing things wrong.