Keeping your home warm this winter.

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There’s nothing worse than a cold home. Where just putting your leg out of bed in the morning is unbearable, and you simply don’t want to get out of the shower. A cold home can lead to coughs and colds, as well as issues with damp and condensation which can lead to the growth of black mould and further respiratory problems. It’s also uncomfortable. You don’t want to be sitting at home, cold and unable to relax, on top of health issues, this can lead to stress and depression.

 

Don’t make the mistake of thinking your only option is having your heating on full blast all winter long. This can cost a fortune, and if your home isn’t properly cared for and insulated, you may find all the heat is lost anyway. Here’s what you need to do to make sure your home is warm and you do not have to run around your living room to warm up first thing in the morning.

 

Underlay

 

Underlay is something few people consider when it comes to keeping their home warm. They see it as an unnecessary addition that simply adds comfort to the floors. But, it’s much more than this, great underlay can not only add comfort, it can also stop heat escaping and protect your flooring.

 

Another mistake people make is assuming that laminate flooring is colder than carpet. With the right underlay, this doesn’t have to be the case. The best laminate underlay can ensure that your floor is warm and well protected as well as stylish and trendy.

 

Heating

 

Obviously, your heating warms your home. But, is it working at its best? Your boiler works very hard every year, so don’t just expect it to be at its best all of the time. Have it serviced every year, upgrade to smart systems and check your radiators for damage.

 

If you notice that your radiators aren’t warm all the way through, the first thing to do is bleed them. Look online for advice on how to do this; it’s an easy job that you can do yourself without spending money on an engineer.

 

Insulation

 

If your heating is working well, and your house still isn’t warm, it’s probably not retaining its heat. Most of your home’s heat is lost through the roof, windows, walls and floor. If you’ve already got underlay, look at the other areas. Window seals deteriorate over time, so you may be able to fix these without replacing the windows themselves.

 

Loft and cavity wall insulation can make a huge difference, but installing it depends on your home. Wall insulation isn’t always possible so check first. If your loft is accessible by a fixed staircase, and not just a ladder, you could be eligible for a loft insulation grant, so that’s another thing that is worth checking.

 

Texture


It’s amazing how much difference atmosphere can make to the warmth of your home. Look at a room with lots of white space and minimal designs, and you may feel cold. On the other hand, a room full of warm colours, soft furnishings and accessories can make you feel warm and cosy.

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