February seems to have brought with it another cold front, doesn’t it! I know January was a bit on the chilly side weather wise and that doesn’t seem to have let up this month. Most days when I am home, I tend to have the heating off until just before Olivia is due home from school. With temperatures regularly dipping around 0º, things can get a little cold at home if I’m not careful! But there are many different things I can do to make my home ready for the winter before reaching for the on switch for the central heating to keep me warm and most importantly, keep those energy bills down!
Utilising my wardrobe is usually my first port of call.
Layering up with vests, tops and cardigans/jumpers is the norm for me. Even sitting at home writing in my dressing gown. Anything to help stretch out the day before I resort to heating. It seems so wasteful, not to mention expensive to be sitting around all day with the heating on when I know I will need it on during the evening too for Olivia. If it does get too cold, I will pop on the fire in the living room.
Nothing is cosier on a cold day than snuggling up under a blanket or 3 with a hot chocolate and a book.
If you’re not a fan of layering up with clothes, chuck some comfy, thick socks on and grab a blanket! But this is just a quick fix. There are many things you can do around the home to make sure it is ready for the cold weather this winter and every year after.
Insulate, Insulate, Insulate.
I have loft insulation to help stop the heat escaping through the top of my house in colder weather. There are many different ways you can do this. Loft insulation is one of the most common and easiest ways to insulate your home and make it ready for the winter. But you can also opt for wall and/or flooring insulation too. This is a practical long-term solution to helping keep your home warm when you need it. Insulation Giant have many different solutions to help you insulate your home.
In the long run, underfloor heating is more practical and cost-effective than having radiators around your home.
As well as eliminating the need to have bulky radiators around your home, it also takes the dreaded cold floor situation out of the equation too.
I have recently had double glazing installed after living with secondary glazing since moving in. The difference, not only to the noise but to the warmth also means my house is a little bit warmer than last winter as the windows help to keep the warmth in.
Not all projects to keep your house warm have to cost a lot of money.
Maybe you can’t afford the investment, or if you live in rented accommodation, do not have permission to carry the work out. But that doesn’t mean you have to be cold at home just to avoid costly heating bills. There are many ways around this by changing or adding some home furnishings and fittings to your home.
Adding things like floor-length curtains to windows will help keep the heat in as well as excluding drafts. Popping a reflective sheet behind your radiators can also help to stop the heat escaping through the walls and reflect it back into the room. Also things, like changing laminate flooring to carpets or adding a well-placed rug on cold floors, can work wonders for taking the chill off cold floors.
I get a strong draft from under my front door. The sofa I sit on is next to my living room door which is right by the front door meaning, if the door is open you get a super cold breeze regardless of how warm the house is. To combat this, good old draft excluders work wonders under my living room door. For added protection, you can buy heavy duty excluders for behind the main doors in your home too.
Do you have any tips for making your home ready for the winter?
*disclaimer: a collaborative post