It’s starting to get colder and if you may be starting to wonder how to warm your home this winter! Colder weather results in colder homes, which can affect our health. It’s important to start thinking about how to protect you and your family from cold’s, flu’s, and other nasties this winter – including how to keep your home warm to help reduce the risks of catching those winter woes.
Here’s some top tips to warm your home for this winter.
While many winter days may be rainy and cloudy, we often see winter days with the sun out and shining. Even on cold days, the sun is still warm. So once the sun is up, capture in that free heat by opening up your curtains and letting that sunshine in before you leave your house in the mornings.
Like opening up your curtains during the day, it’s important to shut them as soon as it gets dark. Curtains act as another layer of insulation to keep warmth and dryness in your rooms. If you don’t have quality curtains, and are thinking of replacing them – think about getting ‘thermal’ curtains which are best at keeping the warmth in.
Every room has a warmer and colder point depending on where your windows and doors are positioned. You will feel warmer if you position yourself closer to the inside of the house, because your cold, external walls are further away. Or perhaps your sofa is currently near a window. In this case, you may feel warmer if you move your sofa to a position in the room where it’s further away from your windows and doors. Think about practical ways you can rearrange your furniture to maximise warmth within your home.
Ever noticed that cool draft in your home that comes out of nowhere? That’s often due to leaks through windows, doors, basements, and other spots in the house. Walk around your home to figure out where that draft is coming from, and seal it. Windows and doors are best solved with spray foam insulation, and other holes can be blocked by caulk.
Drafts in the home can also be a sign of an uninsulated house – read our recent article about the signs of a poorly insulated house.
Architecture Now states that 10% of heat is lost through wooden floors. If you’ve got wooden floors in your home, it’s a good idea to make use of rugs to keep your rooms warmer. If you want to go the extra mile, opting for carpet can do wonders in making your home feel warmer and cosier.
It’s estimated that homes without sufficient insulation lose 42% of its heat through the roof, 24% through its walls, and 10% through the floors. That is a huge amount of heat loss! While you may think your home is insulated, we often find customers don’t realise they’re missing wall insulation, or that their ceiling insulation has degraded over time.
To ensure your home is warm this winter, it’s time to assess your current insulation. One of friendly team can help assess the insulation in your home, and make necessary adjustments to improve your insulation. Contact us today to learn more!