Winter is here: 5 tips to keeping your home warm.
Winter is here! As the air gets cooler it can be difficult to stay warm in your home. That’s why it is best to get ahead of the chill and have your home fully prepared for the cooler days of winter before they are here
1. Use your curtains effectively
In Winter, your curtains aren’t just there to look pretty. Up to 40 per cent of your home’s heat can be lost through your windows and drapes are your last line of defence.
When it’s cold inside, keep them shut as they’ll help to trap the heat in where it’s needed. On the other hand, I the sun’s beating down, make the most of it and keep your curtains open. That’s the best free heating you can get.
2. Get your insulating priorities right
Your home should always be fully insulated during winter.
If it isn’t, heat will pour out like water through a sieve and your electricity bill will not be pretty at the end of the month. But sometimes going the whole nine yards is difficult. Perhaps you don’t have the time or the money to fit or refit all of your insulation before winter.
If that’s the case, you should focus on insulating your roof before all else.
3. Keep everything closed
This one seems simple, but you’d be surprised by how often it’s forgotten.
When you’re heating a room, the doors should always be closed to keep the warmth in.
By following this rule you’ll increase the efficiency of your heating as you’ll only be warming a small space – rather than your entire house.
4. Focus on people, not your home
The key to staying warm this winter is to remember to focus on warming people not your home.
Heating an entire house will be costly but keeping people warm is far easier and more efficient.
Invest in snug blankets for the living room and get the whole family inside before shutting the doors and turning up the heat.
5. Heater checks
Every heater is not created equal – some will suck power and blow out cold air, while others will be ultra-effective and efficient.
It is a good idea to have you heating appliances inspected by a licenced electrician at the beginning of every winter season. If one has a problem or is running efficiently, they’ll be able to identify the problem and fix it.