Six Low-Tech Ways to Keep Your Home Cosy This Winter
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When the temperature outside starts to drop, heating bills inevitably start to rise. At this time of year we are urged to conduct large and expensive changes to our homes in order to maintain energy-efficiency – changes like new double or even triple glazing, insulating the whole house or forking out for a new boiler and heating system. Here we have some alternatives to keep your home cosy if you are on a budget or want some extra tips to keep warm.
Keep in as much of the heat as possible that comes from your radiators by putting aluminium foil on the wall behind the radiator. This works especially well if your radiator is on an external wall. The foil reflects the heat back into the room.
If a radiator is not heating up properly, it needs bleeding. Use the key and let out any air. Move any furniture that is against the radiator slightly away from it. This lets the heat out and stops it simply being absorbed by your couch.
Interestingly, putting a shelf above your radiator stops heat from drifting off and escaping out if the windows. The shelf channels the heat back into the room.
Fake Double Glazing
If your home has single-glazed windows, you can get a similar effect to double glazing by placing a special film over the glass. The film attaches to the window frame with double-sided sticky tape. Alternatively, you can fill in any gaps in the window seal with expanding foam, or you can buy mini insulating brushes to cut down on any draughts. If you do decide to get new windows Dublin has some excellent glaziers, like https://www.keanewindows.ie/windows-dublin/.
Let the Sun In
Take advantage of natural heat. Even in winter, sunlight can warm up your home. Open your curtains in the day and close them as soon as the sun starts to set to trap in that warmth.
Draught excluders at the bottom of doors can work wonders, as will brush covers on letterboxes and key holes. You can even insulate a cat flap. They might not seem much, but these little gaps can let an awful lot of heat out of your home.