If you’re looking for ways to keep your house warm during winter, read on. With the warm months drawing to an end and the colder nights getting closer, now is the time to be thinking about how to keep your house warm. Whether that means investing in some new blankets or ensuring your boiler is in good working condition, keeping your house warm is essential when it comes to your health during winter.
With that in mind, here are 7 ways to keep your house feeling warmer this winter:
Make Sure Your Boiler Is In Good Condition
One of the best ways to keep your home warm during winter is to make sure your boiler or HVAC system is in good working condition. Although it may be working fine now, it could break down just when you need it. If you don’t have an MOT for your boiler coming up within in the next few months, it might be worth having someone come in to give it a health-check. While it will cost you a small amount, it will be worth it if you uncover any issues that may leave you without heating and hot water when you need it most. For guidance when it comes to questions about your heating installation talk to your local HVAC service. The best way to tell if your boiler needs service is by giving your boiler a health check.
Have Your Heating On A Timer
Although it can be expensive to have your heating on during the colder months, there are a number of different ways to ensure you are not spending more than you need to. One of the best ways, of course, is to have your heating on a timer. Basically, this means thinking about the times you’re going to need your heating most and ensuring that your timer switches it on around 20 to 30 minutes before that time. Whether this means automatically switching your heating on/turning the thermostat up in the mornings or turning it down when you’re at work during the day, you don’t need your heating to be on at all times to keep your house warm. Don’t set it to be too cold however during prolonged time away. You wouldn’t want to return to frozen plumbing pipes. Find out more about using your heater on a self-timer.
Wear Warm Clothes To Lounge Around The House
If you want to ensure you are as warm as you can possibly be (without having your heating system cranked up), wearing warm clothes around the house is a great place to start. Although it won’t remove the cold completely, it will allow you to have your heating set lower than would normally be comfortable. Whether this means buying cozy pajamas or wearing your sweater around the house, you might be surprised how much difference it can actually make. Don’t forget the wool socks and cozy slippers!
Lots Of Cozy Blankets
Using lots of cozy blankets is a great way to ensure you don’t need the heating up at all times. Whether you use them in the living room or in your bedroom, blankets can add a lot of extra warmth when you find you need it the most. Easy-care fleece, Pendleton wool throw (they still make them in the U.S.), or an heirloom quilt – any will keep you warmer and look great. Although you may already have your blankets out for decoration, you are definitely going to start needing them as the temperatures drop colder.
Keep Your Windows And Doors Closed
Another great way to ensure you are keeping the heat in is to make sure your windows and doors stay closed as often as you can. Although you cannot keep your doors closed at all times, ensuring you are closing them as quickly as possible will definitely help when it comes to warmth. You might be surprised how much heat you can let out by having a window or door open for just a couple of minutes. Keeping unused rooms closed off helps with warming only the spaces you use, too.
Insulate Drafty Doors and Windows
Another way to stay warmer without spending a lot is to insulate your drafty doors and windows. No time or money to upgrade your windows? You can add a layer of shrink film to insulate while still letting in the sunshine. Kits are available with the adhesive tape and rolls of the film. Is your door drafty near the floor? Use a draft blocker to slow the airflow beneath the door.
Warmer Bed Covers
Finally, buying warmer bed covers and throws will help keep you warm at night. If you have your heating on a timer, chances are you will have your heating turned low while you are sleeping. Although your house will retain some of the warmth your heating has created, having warmer bed covers will allow you to remain warm throughout the entire evening. If your heating switches back on before you wake up, you will never know the difference.
Are you struggling to find ways to keep your home warm this winter? What can you do to ensure you’re as warm as you can be? Have you made sure your boiler is in good working condition? Let me know your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below.