How to get your home ready for winter
Getting your home winter ready
Most of us spend more time indoors during the winter months than any other time of the year.
So, what can we do differently in our homes to make the most of this time together with our families without spending too much money?
The team at Tile Warehouse have put together a few money saving tips to help you change up your home to help make it as cosy as possible for when you get to enjoy quality time together with the ones you love.
Give you radiators an MOT
Turn off the radiators in those rooms you don’t use is a quick win when it comes to saving you money.
But also make sure that the radiators you do use are working to the max. Air can often get trapped in your radiators, making them less effective.
If you are not quite sure, feel your radiators when they are on and if they’re not hot to the top, bleed them once the heating has gone off to remove the trapped air. You’ll quickly notice the difference.
It’s also worth giving them a clean. Dust can build up between the fins, preventing heat from escaping. Plus, you might want to invest in radiator happens. These slot in behind your radiator and reflect the heat back into the room rather than the wall.
Close the curtains
Often overlooked for their energy saving potential are curtains – thick curtains (or thermal lined curtains) especially. Make sure to keep them open during the day to make the most any natural heat coming through the window but close them as soon as it gets dark to retain as much heat as possible in your home.
Use draught excluders
A draught excluder is also a great way of retaining heat by keeping cold air from getting in under draughty doors. Another handy tip is keeping the doors closed to maintain the heat of each room.
Invest in a winter duvet
If you haven’t already, invest in winter duvets for everyone. It makes a huge difference. The same with duvet covers. The heavier the cotton the better for a soft but luxurious touch over your body when you are sleeping.
Plus, don’t forget about a throw. They aren’t just for decoration; the additional layer helps to retain heat. If you can do the same for your sofa. There’s nothing better than sat together on the settee with the family watching a movie together on Netflix under some throws.
Rugs keep cold air at bay
Up to 10% of the heat lost in an average British home is done so through the floor. If you’ve got a hardwood floor, try laying a rug over the top. It’ll warm up your toes and trap cold air underneath at the same time.
Install underfloor heating
Another great money saving suggestion for creating a cosy abode is electric underfloor heating. Once viewed as a luxury, today, thanks to advances in technology, it is proving to be a highly affordable, practical way to heat a home efficiently and economically.
Using radiant heat, the warm air from underfloor heating rises rather than circulating around your room, heating the room more effectively as well as being cosier underfoot. And we all know what that means; no more stepping out of the shower onto a cold tiled floor anymore on a winter morning.
Our Rise range of electrical underfloor heating systems are proving to be hugely popular with homeowners looking for a more affordable way to heat their homes during the winter months.
So why not shop our selection of electric underfloor heating mats, loose wires and wi-fi thermostats and start enjoying the benefits that underfloor heating brings to the family home?
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