During the winter months, a cold house can be incredibly miserable. Instead of coming home to a warm, cozy home that you can relax in, you’ll be stuck shivering all night in a freezing cold house. You could always turn the heating up but that’s going to end up costing you a lot of money. Luckily, there are a lot of ways to make the house warmer without having to spend a load of money on it. If you’re fed up of hiding under blankets all night, try some of these simple fixes to make your house cozier.
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There are a lot of ways to make the house warmer without having to spend a load of money on it. If you’re fed up of hiding under blankets all night, try some of these simple fixes to make your house cozier.
Use A Timer On The Heating
Coming home to a freezing cold house after a hard day at work can be pretty depressing but you can easily get around it by setting a timer on your heating. Get it to come on when you’re leaving work and by the time you get home, the house will already be warmed up. Then you can switch it off for a while as long as the house retains its heat and spend less money on your bills.
Fix Doors And Windows
You’ll really struggle to keep the house warm if all of the heat is getting out quickly. The biggest culprit is usually your doors and windows. If they’re old, single pane windows, they’re incredibly inefficient. You should replace them with more modern, double glazed ones that keep the heat in a lot better. Even if you’ve got modern windows and doors, they’ll let out a lot of heat if they’re damaged in some way. You’d be surprised at the difference it’ll make if you repair your sliding door in the kitchen or patch up small cracks in the window frames. They’re cheap repairs to make but they’ll make the house a lot warmer in the long run.
Even if you get modern windows and keep them well-maintained you’ll still lose some heat through them. You can easily reduce the effects of that if you just replace your curtains with some much thicker ones. Once the house is heated, those thick curtains will keep it all in so you don’t need the heating on constantly.
Don’t Block Radiators
A lot of people make the mistake of putting their sofa or other bits of furniture in front of the radiator. You wouldn’t think that it makes a huge amount of difference but it really does. The heat will all get soaked up by the sofa and won’t circulate around the room. Just by moving the sofa out of the way, you can make the whole room a lot warmer.
Get A New Boiler
If you’ve made all of these changes and you still just can’t get warm, it might be because your boiler is out of date. After a while, your boiler will stop being as efficient and it’ll take longer to heat the house. It’s expensive to replace your boiler so you should only do it as a last resort, but if you do, the house will be warmer and it’s also safer.
Use these simple tips to beat the cold this winter.
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