Now that winter is on the way and the cold weather is here, it’s important that you start preparing your home. It’s going to start getting cold very quickly and if you aren’t ready, your house will be freezing, especially at night. If you are worried about the cold weather, here are a few important tips for keeping your home warm in the winter.
Use Your Curtains
When the sunlight is scarce, you need to make the most of it if you want to keep your house warm. During the day, you need to keep the curtains open so you can get the sunlight in and heat the house up. Then when the sun goes down and it gets dark, keep the curtains shut to keep all of that heat in. If you have very thin curtains, they won’t hold that much heat in, so you should consider buying some new ones and going for something a lot thicker.
Rearrange Your Furniture
People don’t always realize that the way they arrange their furniture has a big impact on the efficiency of their heating. If you have a sofa right in front of the radiator, it’s going to be tough to heat that room properly. That’s why you should consider rearranging the furniture so you do not block any heat sources. You should also consider adding a space heater to rooms where the radiators are not placed very well. If you change the way that your furniture is arranged, it can make a big difference to your home.
Keeping the heat in is important, and it’s tough to do that if you don’t have modern windows. Older windows will let out so much heat, so your energy bills will be a lot higher and you will struggle to keep the house warm. If you always find it hard during the winter, you should consider replacing your windows with some double or triple glazed ones. It’s a bit of an expense but it will add value to the home and it will save you a lot of money in energy bills over the years.
Upgrade Your Boiler
If your boiler is very old, it probably doesn’t work that efficiently. You can’t keep the house warm properly if your heating isn’t working, so you should consider replacing your boiler. Have a plumber inspect your heating systems and they will be able to tell you whether you need to have any work done.
Block Out Drafts
Most houses have a lot of small gaps that let cold air in and make the house a lot colder. You’d be surprised how much difference it makes if you draft proof the house. Common problem areas include gaps underneath the doors, loose seals around windows, letterboxes, and fireplaces. It’s simple to block up all of the gaps and stop the cold air coming in. You should also consider repairing brickwork on the outside of the house to plug any gaps.
You need to start making some of these changes right away so you can be ready when the cold weather starts to set in.