After the blistering heat of summer, the chilly mornings and breezy evenings of autumn and winter can really take us Brits by surprise (even though the same happens every single year). To help you keep your home warm and toasty during the colder months, here are a few simple tips that will make a big difference. 

Open and close your curtains 

It’s amazing how much the sun can heat up your home even during winter. Make sure to open your curtains when it’s sunny and close them when it gets dark, as that way you’re letting in free heat whilst it’s available and retaining it within your home at night. Thick curtains work especially well for adding an extra level of insulation to every room. 

Do you have a smart thermostat? 

Smart thermostats are a fantastic way to keep control of your home’s temperature. Using an app on your smartphone, you can pop on a quick boost from anywhere in the house and even when you’re out, which is much better than whacking the heating up and accidentally leaving it like that for hours on end (we all need to keep track of those energy bills, after all). 

Move your sofa away from the radiator 

This may not be an option, but if your sofa is currently against the radiator and can be moved elsewhere, it’s time to get shifting! Sofas soak up a lot of heat when they’re in front of radiators, so a little feng shui can go a long way. 

It might be time to replace your insulation 

Around 25% of a home’s heat is lost through its roof. However, having 25cm of insulation fitted throughout the loft can save you tons of heat, which not only will keep your home warm but could also significantly lower your energy bills. 

Grab some blankets and jumpers 

We don’t want to sound like your dad but wearing a couple of thin layers with a jumper on top really does help. Adding a few blankets around the home also plays a big role in staying warm, plus it encourages you to snuggle up and get comfy in front of the telly, which is never a bad thing. 

Light a few candles 

It may sound a bit old-fashioned but candles add more heat to a room than you may realise, especially smaller rooms when the doors and windows are closed. As an added bonus, candles make a space feel cosy and welcoming, so light those wicks and enjoy the flickering shadows as they dance across the ceiling. 

Can you feel a draught? 

Draughts are a major cause of chilly homes. If you can feel one, it may be something as simple as a window that’s been left open, so make sure to close them all once you’ve let in some fresh air or allowed steam from the bathroom to escape outside. If the draught is coming from your doors or windows when they’re closed, it could be a loose seal, in which case it’s time to ask us for some expert advice. 

Need new doors and windows or glass replacement? 

From a single window that needs replacing to the fitting of new glazing and doors throughout your home and conservatory, get in touch today for a free quotation. 
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