Tuesday, 24 October 2017

12 ways to keep your house warm for winter

Written by Posted On Monday, 09 October 2017 11:39

It’s that time of year again; snow is falling all around us, Jack Frost is nipping at your nose, and you’re now wearing upwards of three layers to go outside. However, you should always be nice and snug in your own house.

If the cold is still getting to you inside, try out some of the tips below to keep youtoasty all winter long.

Small, low-cost tips

If you want to keep your family warm but don’t have a lot of cash or time to spare, here are some easy and cheap tricks.

  1. Put down rugs: They look cosy, you can get ones to match any colour scheme, and they stop the escape of heat through wooden floors (especially as the boards can develop cracks and gaps over time).
  2. Don’t waste the oven heat: Once you’ve finished cooking, don’t close up the oven and allow the heat to dissipate; leave it open and allow it to heat the room. Obviously, keep children and pets away.
  3. Close unused rooms: Who are you heating empty rooms for? Close them up and gather the family together as much as possible.
  4. Get draught excluders: Like the rugs, you can get draught excluders to match the room (or even ones shaped like sausage dogs for the kids) and they stop cold air from seeping in under the doors. Consider adding material over smaller gaps, like the mail slot, keyholes, or pet flaps.
  5. Improve the power of your radiators: Bleed the air from your radiators with a simple radiator key but make sure to keep a towel handy in case of leaks. Another tip is to place foil behind your radiators to reflect heat back into the room.
  6. Close your curtains: Keep your curtains drawn at night to keep the heat from escaping through your windows, but also consider investing in thicker curtains for winter. If you don’t want to buy new curtains, you can even put PVC shower curtains between your regular curtains and the windows.
  7. Put your heating on a timer: Keeping the heating on all day is not always better- instead set up the heating to come on in the morning (when everybody is reluctant to leave a cosy bed for a cold kitchen) and in the evening (when everyone will want to relax as a family).
  8. Warm your pipes: If pipes get too cold in winter, they’ll burst. Foam lagging, which fits snugly around the pipes, will insulate them and prevent heat loss.
  9. Cut firewood: You’ll have to sort out the garden ready for winter (some of those tree branches won’t survive the first snow), so why not make use of the wood waste in your working fireplace or wood burning stove? Just make sure to use high-quality firewood processing equipment, like that provided by Fellotool, as there’s nothing worse than realising that your wood saw or log splitter isn’t up to thetask in the middle of a job.

Housing Alterations

These are the big ones that involve more financial outlay, but they are also the most likely to keep you warm without costing the earth.

  1. Insulation: About a quarter of the heat in your home is lost through the roof so to cut down on the consider having insulation fitted. Depending on where you live and your circumstances there might even be subsidies available from the government, but you can also do it yourself.
  2. Double/Triple Glazing: While it is relatively costly to install double or triple glazing around your house, it is a great way to keep your house warm.
  3. Invest in a wood burner: These are much more effective than the traditional open fireplace because over 90% of the heat produced gets spread around the room.

What did you think of this list? Do you have any other tips for keeping your home warm during winter? Let us know in the comments below.

Listing Additional Info

  • State: California
  • Address: Avlon park
  • City: Avlon
  • Zipcode: 08242
  • SOLD: no
  • MLS #: 4412536498
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