So far this winter, we’ve been both freezing and unseasonably warm. So don’t let the cold spells take you by surprise.
With energy prices increasing year on year, together with our increased awareness of the impact of non-renewable fuels on the evironment, it’s worth taking the time to invest in the alternative ways to help keep your home warm this winter.
Here are my top 5 tips for helping to block drafts and insulate your home against the cold.
Both new and old, external and internal doors will always benefit from fitting draught proofing strips around the frame. There are also brush or flap-style draught excluders designed to fill in the gaps at the bottom of doors. These can make a huge difference to entrance halls and kitchens with french-style doors.
In addition to this, ensure your door furniture isn’t letting in a breeze by fitting your letter box with a brush fitting inside it, and a flap over the inside too. You can also get keyhole covers that drop back down when the lock isn’t in use.
I personally love the look of a stripped back wooden floor with a stylish rug, but the small gaps between the boards can let a lot of cold air in.
The simple solution is to fill these with a silcone filler so you don’t have to compromise on the overall look. And, whilst you’re at it, don’t forget to fill any gaps across the top and bottom of your skirting boards too.
In period properties windows can be extremely drafty and the main cause of poor energy efficiency within a home.
Depending on your budget and circumstances, you can opt for self-fit draft excluders and repair any gaps around the inner and outer frames with putty, or contract a specialist window company to do the work.
The latter can be an expensive option, but if you’re planning to live in the property for a while you will benefit from an immediately warmer home, and cheaper heating bills in the long run.
Clearly one of the best ways to keep your home warm!
Curtains are not only an excellent way to dress a room, but they can also be incredibly functional when it comes to managing the amount of light and heat in your home.
Thermal lined curtains will give you the best draught protection (especially if your windows are single panned), but at the very least, ensure that your curtains are lined (all of ours are!).
It’s worth investing in good quality, heavy weight fabric too, especially in the rooms where the you spend most of your time. Consider them as you would when buying a new, classic, wool winter coat; a good investment that will reduce in its ‘cost per wear’ as the winters go by.
According to experts, a good quality underlay can help you to reduce your energy bills by up to 15%. It will help to seal in all the draughts, and absorb any sound, helping to reduce the noise transfer to any rooms underneath.
You can also make a cheaper carpet appear better quality/look more expensive with the clever use of a thicker underlay.
The experienced flooring team here (in Hatfields), can help you with this, and they have a good range of carpets to suit all budgets.
Did I say five tips?! In addition to the tips above, using a chimney balloon to stop the wind from whistling downed creating a draught makes a huge difference.
So there you have it, it’s the time of the year again to hunker down, prepare for the chilly season and most importantly, keep warm.
All our very best wishes for a happy & healthy 2019.