It’s that dreaded time of year again, the days are shorter, the nights are colder, and all you want is to cosy up in your nice warm living room. The temperatures have already taken quite a drop, but it’s expected to get even worse over the coming winter months, and it’s important that you are prepared in order to stay protected from the cold. There are lots of ways to keep your house warm over winter, but some are more cost effective than others and can contribute to keeping the heat in a room. Central heating bills can become rather expensive throughout the winter months, which is why we want to suggest a few other ways to keep your house warmer to help save a but of money and keep these bills as low as possible.
Use your curtains
Curtains are fantastic for keeping the heat in a room. The thickness of them prevents the room from losing heat and letting the cold in through the window. Simply keeping them shut will keep the heat in the room for a lot longer, meaning you won’t have to leave your heating on for as long. This works both ways, too. You should keep your curtains open during the day, as this allows sunlight into the room and the heat from that can actually have quite an impact as it protrudes through the glass.
Only turn the heating on when necessary
A lot of us are guilty of turning the heating on as soon as we start to feel the cold. However, you should try to go to that as a last resort. To warm yourself up, you should firstly make sure you have layers on and are wrapped up, or perhaps use a little fan heater to blast hot air into the room for a while. Then, as mentioned above, closing your curtains is helpful in keeping the room warm and at a steady temperature. Make sure you have considered all options before turning to your heating.
Alternatively, you could set timers on your central heating, which will lessen the temptation for you to turn it on when you want to, or leave it on for longer than is necessary. For example, if you work between certain hours, set the timers for the heating to come on 30 minutes before you get home, so that the house will be heated up when you get in and you can switch it off later in the evening if the rooms are all warmed up. Also, rather than switching it on in the morning and then leaving it on when you’ve left the house, you can have it times to turn off shortly after you leave.
Try thermal blinds
Your windows are often where a lot of the cold comes from. So, finding something that covers them can be pretty significant when it comes to keeping your house warm. You can actually buy thermal blinds, that are designed for this purpose. These insulated blinds will block out the cold from the outside, whilst maintaining the warmth on the inside. Perfect for winter!
If you would like more advice around what sort of blinds and curtains you can get to keep your house warm, we would be more than happy to help! Simply get in touch with us via our contact page and we will be able to advise you on the best options.