3 Ways To Keep Your Home As Warm As Possible
We’re in the tail end of winter now. The flowers are showing through, and the weather’s steadily getting warmer. Although we won’t have to deal with winter for much longer, I’m sure you still have a few nasty memories! Through the winter, a lot of people struggle to get comfortable in their homes. If you want to avoid this when next year comes around, here are some tips for keeping your home warm.
First of all, check your boiler. Boilers are one of those things it’s easy to neglect for a number of years. You might be getting hot, running water, true. However, this doesn’t mean that your boiler’s working like it should. Like a lot of people, you may not even know how old your boiler is! If you’re noticing odd noises, unfamiliar smells, or water pooling under your boiler, then it may be long overdue for a service! While I usually encourage the DIY approach, fiddling with your own boiler often ends in disaster. Luckily, there are a lot of professional boiler maintenance services around. Have someone come in and make sure your boiler is in good shape. Afterwards, you may be kicking yourself for not doing it sooner!
This next tip is something you may not have heard of before. If you have a log fire, get a glass screen for it. Roaring, crackling logs are probably one of the most romantic, cosy features you can have in a home. However, they’re surprisingly inefficient for heating. A lot of the heat produced by those gorgeous flames is shooting straight up the fireplace. In other places, cold air is actually being sucked into the house through the stack effect. Luckily you don’t have to sacrifice an open fire in your home. Use a glass front for your fireplace, and you’ll milk your fire for all the heat it has. This retains a lot of the heated air, which will circulate the home long after the flames have died out.
Finally, make sure you’re insulating wherever you can. This is probably the biggest factor in keeping your home warm, and can often save you money in the long run. Attic insulation will do wonders at retaining the heat in your home. A good standard of material can be a little pricey, true. However, even filling up the space in your attic can help keep the entire building warm. If you have any wooden floors in your home, be sure to insulate them. It’s a little known fact that carpets were first invented as a form of insulation. As you can imagine, they do a much better job at it compared to wooden floors! Carpets, or even a few thick rugs will make an immediate, noticeable difference to how comfortable you are in the colder months.
Check out these areas in your home; you might be surprised by what you find! Other, simpler steps like keeping your walls covered can be a big help too. Cover the necessary areas, and your home will stay nice and toasty for the winter.