With winter just around the corner, it is time to start thinking about how you’re going to keep your house warm. Although it may not be the first thing on your mind, keeping your house warm will help reduce your risk of damp and keep your family both warm and safe during the winter weather. Whether you’re ensuring your boiler is in good condition or you invest in underfloor heating, the more you do to keep your house warm the better. With that in mind, here are 9 ways to keep your house warm this winter:
Ensure Your Boiler Is In Good Condition
One of the best ways to keep your house warm during winter is to ensure your boiler is in good working condition. Although you may have had it serviced earlier in the year, sometimes it is worth booking a check-up appointment with an engineer. Winter is the most common time for issues to arise and if your boiler does break, you may find it hard to get an emergency appointment during the bad weather. To avoid this, a check-up before the temperature starts to drop is recommended. For tips and tricks when it comes to keeping your boiler in good working condition, you can visit this site here.
Have Your Heating On A Timer
If you want to save money whilst keeping your house warm, you might want to consider putting your heating on a timer. Whether you time your heating to come on in the morning or you set it to turn on just before you get home from work, you don’t need to be heating your house at all hours of the day. Ideally, you want to use your heating as little as you possibly can.
If you’re struggling to put your heater on a timer, or you have a slightly older heating system, then you need to twist the dial until the grey hands show the current time. Each pin around the edge of the dial represents a 15-minute timeframe as shown by the 24-hour clock on the outside. Once you have twisted the dial, you need to slide pins in if you want your heating to be on and outwards if you want it to be off.
Consider Investing In Heated Flooring
If you find yourself feeling incredibly cold during the winter, you might want to invest in heated flooring. Whilst it can be expensive to install, having heated flooring is a great way to ensure you’re heating your house from the bottom up and honestly, there’s no better feeling than putting your foot down on a lovely heated floor. For a guide to underfloor heating, you can visit this handy site here.
If You Have One, Make Use Of Your Fireplace
Although not every home will have a fireplace, they are there to be used. Whilst they usually only bring the heat to one room, they’re a great way to warm yourselves up fast. Ideally, you only want to be using your fireplace for 30 minutes at a time, unless you’re using it on a low setting. Some top tips when using your fireplace include:
- Make sure you’re regularly cleaning the interior
- Keep an eye out for smoke whilst it is turned on
- Be aware of any unusual smells
- Ensure you’re burning the right wood
- Regularly inspect your chimney for any issues.
For a guide to using your indoor fireplace, you can visit this site here.
Stock Up On Blankets
Another great way to ensure you’re keeping yourself warm at home is to stock up on blankets. Although you may already have lots of blankets lying around, it’s important you have enough for both upstairs and downstairs. Whether you’re cuddling up and watching a movie on the sofa or you’re trying to make your bedroom feel a little warmer, you never know when a big cozy blanket is going to come in handy.
Wear Warm And Comfortable Clothes
As well as having lots of blankets dotted around the house, ensuring you’re wearing warm and comfortable clothes is a great way to keep your house feeling warm. If you have your heating on for a couple of hours and continue to wear your sweaters and pajamas, chances are you’ll retain the heat much more than you would if you were to wear something much cooler.
Keep Your Windows And Doors Closed When Possible
Although it may not be possible to keep your windows and doors closed at all times, you need to ensure you’re not leaving them open long enough to let a draft in. If you do find you need to leave a window or door open, make sure you’re shutting off the doors to all of the other rooms in the house. It won’t stop the cold from getting in but it will definitely minimize the damage.
Check For Any Draughts
If you’re starting to feel cold and you can’t tell where it is coming from, it might be worth checking whether or not you have a draught coming from somewhere. Although they can be hard to find, you may be surprised how much difference it can make once you have a draught excluder in place. If you do need to find a draught, the first place you need to look is your attic, loft or basement as often you may find it is an issue with your roofing. Failing that, looking for any cracks, gaps or openings is your next best step.
Invest In Heated Blankets
Finally, if you still can’t find yourself heating up during the cold weather, you might want to invest in heated blankets. Although they are much more expensive than a standard blanket, you can control the heat much easier with a heated blanket. With various different settings, you can use them throughout the whole of winter without having to buy a new one.
Are you prepared for winter? What do you need to do to ensure your home is as protected as it can be? Did we miss anything off the list? Let me know your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below.