How to Keep Warm and Cosy This Winter

It's fair to say that the the warm, summer months are now behind us and there is a real wintery chill in the air. Keeping your home warm throughout the winter months is of upmost importance as cold homes can be detrimental to your health. They are linked with an increase in respiratory infections and fluctuations in blood pressure which for vulnerable people can lead to strokes, heart attacks and pneumonia. Those with existing conditions may also find that their symptoms worsen. There are however, a number of ways that we can ensure our home is heated effectively, ensuring we stay warm and cosy throughout the winter months. 

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Central heating
Central heating is an integral part of your home. It's important to have a reliable and safe central heating system set up in your home. Whether you're considering a combi or a conventional boiler, it's vital you give consideration towards the right one for your home before booking your new boiler installation.

Log burners

You may wish to consider having a log burner fitted in your home. Not only do they make a great focal point in the room, but they can help you save on your energy bills too. It's important to do your research to ensure you use it safely and responsibly but they can be a great way of keeping warm over the winter months. 

Electric Radiators
You may wish to consider electric radiators which offer a modern solution to heating your home. Electric radiators utilise electricity in an environmentally friendly and efficient way. 

New Windows
Windows can lose heat easily so ensuring yours are in prime condition is a great way of maintaining warmth in your home. Energy efficient glazing can reduce heat loss by eliminating cold spots and draughts which also helps lower your energy bills. 

Underfloor Heating
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.

Seal Any Draughts
One of the cheapest ways to improve the warmth of your home is to seal any draughts. Heat is quickly lost when warm air exits through small gaps meaning you'll use a lot of energy in regularly reheating your home. When a home is draught-free, rooms will stay cosy for much 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 is also possible and of course, a little cheaper.

Add insulation
Loft insulation is a very cost effective solution in helping to keep your home warm which will then serve to lower your energy bills. There are many ways to insulate your home including, loft, cavity wall, floor, solid wall insulation as well as insulating tanks, pipes and radiators. 

And for only minimal or no added costs, you can consider the following ideas...

Use Curtains
Curtains act as another layer of installation so at night, or on gloomy days, keep them closed. Make sure you make use of the sunlight in the day time, ensuring your curtains are open, allowing the sun to enter and gently heat your rooms.

Reflect the heat
A radiator reflector will ensure heat is not lost through the external wall which can help keep your room warmer for longer. This doesn't have to be a big expense but will save you money in energy bills.

Rearrange your room
It's worth having a look around your room to check if it is rearranged in the most heat effective way, for example, are your radiators blocked by large items of furniture? Could you move sofas away from the windows or doors? Do you have space for a radiator? There are lots of options to consider. 

Use rugs
A thick rug can act as an insulating layer to keep your room warmer. It will also feel warmer on your feet. 

Do you have any tips for keeping your home warm and cosy throughout the winter months? I'd love to hear more in the comments below.

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