With the cold nights drawing in, keeping our homes warm can be a challenge. Simply turning up the thermostat is a costly option, both for your wallet and the environment. Follow these 12 tips to keep your home toasty in the winter without the strain on your budget.
Block your chimney
Unused chimneys are just big holes that let cold air in. Invest in a chimney balloon to keep the passage blocked when not in use.
Seal off any cracks
Crevices and cracks are often overlooked as culprits to a chilly household. Look out for gaps in windows, unsealed holes around cabling and gaps in wooden flooring, and fill these with sealant.
Block any other droughts
Look out for other drought sources and eliminate them:
- Install a flap or brushes over the letterbox
- Invest in keyhole covers
- Fill cat flaps with wool insulation or blankets
- Keep doors closed and place drought excluders in the gaps by the floor
Install double glazing
This can be an expensive solution in the short term, but double glazed windows have been shown to save money on heating bills. If this is not an option for your home, explore secondary glazing as an alternative.
Get thicker curtains
Thermal or three-layer curtains are specially designed to retain heat. There are many different options to suit your requirements and budget.
Install blinds, shades or shutters
Add an extra layer of protection with window coverings. Find out whether blinds, shades or shutters are best for your home, and remember to keep them closed at night.
Open sun-facing curtains
The UK’s strange weather patterns mean the sun often shines in spite the cold. Take advantage of this by opening any curtains that face the sun for a natural heating solution.
Foil up the radiators
Prevent heat loss from your radiators by placing aluminium foil behind them. This reflects the heat back into the room rather than losing it into the wall.
Reconsider the living room layout
Thoughtless furniture arrangements can prevent your living room being properly heated. Rearrange the furniture so nothing sits in front of the radiators.
Set your heating on a timer
Install a timer to ensure you only heat your home when needed. Set it to heat your home just before you wake up, and just before you get home in the evening.
Cover bare floorboards
Invest in some thick rugs or carpets to cover any rooms with wooden flooring.
Invest in insulation
Your whole house can be insulated using cavity wall insulation, but this can be an expensive option. Prioritise loft insulation for effective heat loss prevention.