Keep Your Home Cosy This Winter

Have you caved and put on your central heating yet? I know we have! Now that Autumn is here and winter is on it's way it's time to start thinking about the best and most money efficient ways to keep your home cosy and warm this winter. Here are five ways you can prepare your home for the cooler months...

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New Windows
Windows can lose heat easily. Energy efficient glazing can reduce heat loss by eliminating cold spots and draughts. New windows will ensure your energy bills are reduced but will increase the comfort of your home!

Underfloor Heating
For an added bit of luxury as well as an efficient and cost effective way to heat your home, underfloor heating is increasingly popular these days. It can work as a space-saving alternative to radiators. There are two main types; electric underfloor heating known as a dry system and water underfloor heating known as a wet system.

Log burners
Not only do they make great focal points but they can help you save on your energy bills. It's important to do your research to ensure it is used safely and responsibly but they are more efficient and cleaner than open fire places.

Add insulation
Adding insulation will lower your utility bills. Loft insulation for example, will last around 40 years making it a very cost effective solution in helping to keep your home warm. There are many ways to insulate your home including, loft, cavity wall,  floor, solid wall as well as insulating tanks, pipes and radiators. You can find out more by visiting the Energy Saving Trust

Seal Any Draughts
This is one of the cheapest ways to improve the warmth of your home. Heat is quickly lost when warm air exits through small gaps meaning you'll use a lot of energy in reheating your home. When a home is draught-free, rooms will stay cosy for longer. Small gaps can be found around windows and doors, around loft hatches, from unused chimneys and around pipes leading to outside, for example. You can opt for professional draught-proofing but DIY draught-proofing will be cheaper! 

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