Saturday, 11 November 2017

8 Affordable, Easy to Do Ways To Heat Your Home This Winter

During winter, it can often feel like we’re all in a constant battle with the cold. We get one step ahead, and then before we know it, the cold has crept in, and we’re back to square one. But we don’t have to admit defeat to the cold, ever! With just a few simple tips and tricks, we can make sure we’re kept at a pleasant temperature at our home until the warmth of spring has returned - and without doing too much damage to our bank balance, either. Below, we take a look at those easy to implement techniques you can incorporate into your home to ensure you’re always kept comfortable and warm.

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Shut Those Curtains

You know how we said it’s a battle with the cold? We were serious. The heat in your house is always trying to escape; the cold outside is trying to get in. To combat this, you need to cut off their exit and entry points! So let’s think about your curtains. If they’re open, there’ll only be your windows adding as a barrier, and not all windows are good at putting up a fight. As soon as the sun sets, get those curtains drawn; they’ll help keep the warmth in. You should also look at getting your chimney blocked up, and cover any other draughts that might be responsible for letting their chilly air inside your home.

Consider Furniture Placement

Not all areas of your home will be equally warm. In fact, they won’t even be close to being equally warm. Let’s have a think about your living room, which is where you’ll be spending the majority of your evenings. If you couch is hunched up against your radiator, then you might get a small benefit, but it’ll only be temporary. What you’re actually doing is making sure the back of your sofa is toasty. Move the couch away, and the warm air will be free to circulate the room.

Be Smart With the Thermostat

You might think that the thermostat is one of the more straightforward aspects of your home, but studies have shown that most households make at least one error when it comes to this device. For starters, you should never turn up the thermostat just because it’s colder outside or because you want it to be warm more quickly. It’s supposed to keep the temperature the same whatever else is happening, so keep it at one level, and you’ll save money.

Switch Out Your Heating Source

Although, there’s also a chance that a thermostat system isn’t the right tool for heating your home in the first place. If you use home heating oil instead, you’ll be able to heat your home much more quickly, which is ideal if you’re always coming and going from your home, as most people are. This type of fuel also burns hotter, and for less money than other heating sources, too.

Get in the Kitchen

There’s nothing better than settling down to watch a movie with a plate of your favourite baked goods. But these baked goods will do more than just provide a delicious snack: in the process of making them, you’ll be getting your home nice and toasty. Leave the oven open after you’ve finished baking and all that heat will naturally spread to other areas of the house.  

Seal Up Those Unused Rooms

Why are you treating to heat rooms that aren’t being used? It takes a lot of energy to heat an entire house; if you remove them from the equation, then you’ll only need a fraction of the heat. During cold spells, it’s best just to close up those rooms until spring has returned.

Getting Romantic

Autumn and winter are inherently romantic times of the year, and this romance can also add an extra layer of warmth to your home! If you think that candles are one of the best things about the season (and how could you not?), then go big and place them throughout your house (though not the rooms you’ve already closed up for winter…). You’ll feel the effects from ten candles in the room, and you’ll also have created a romantic atmosphere. Win-win!

Focus On People, Not The Rooms

Finally, when it comes to affordable and straightforward home heating techniques, nothing works better than getting your priorities in order and focusing only on people. Think about what works to heat the people in your house, not the house itself, and you’ll be making smart decisions.

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