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It’s not long before we have to start thinking about Winter all over again. The dark mornings, dark nights and freezing cold temperatures. It can cost a fortune to keep a home warm on the worst of days, and no matter how many blankets or hot water bottles you’ve got, you’ll still need the heating system on. So, to save you some money and to save your toes from falling off, here are some unusual ways you can keep your house warm during the colder months.
A lot of radiators have been placed below windows in homes. It’s easy for heat to escape via the windows, so you need to do something to keep the heat in the room. Get yourself some aluminium foil and stick it to the walls behind your radiator. The foil acts as a shield and will prevent the heat from escaping, bouncing it back towards the room instead. Such a simple thing can significantly increase the amount of heat you get in your home.
Don’t Forget Your Keyhole
We all know that using draft excluders can save heat from leaving a room, but we rarely ever think about keyholes or front doors. This is especially important if you have an open plan home. When you want to keep the cold out, think heat. Stuff some cotton wool into your keyhole in the evening so any draught is blocked. If you forget to take the cotton wool out of the keyhole before you leave the house, you’ll still be able to push your key through the hole when you need to open the door.
Homemade Double Glazing
If your windows aren’t double glazed, it’s likely that you’ll lose a lot of heat through them. If you don’t want to replace your windows with double glazing, you could use bubble wrap instead. On the coldest days, stick some bubble wrap over your windows to keep the heat inside. If you don’t want to do it in your living room because of how it looks, you can keep the bubble wrap for the bedroom windows instead.
If you’re not liking the bubble wrap idea for your living room, thicker curtains may be your solution. Any curtains will help to retain heat in a room, but if you spend a lot of time in your living room in the evening, you’ll need something better than the ordinary. To save heat you can sew two pairs of curtains together to create a double layer or use a blanket instead. The thicker the better when it comes to not losing heat.
You may lose around 10% of your heat through your floor. Plus, it isn’t nice to walk on cold floor boards when you’re trying to stay warm. It’s much cosier when you have something soft between your toes on a cold night. Using more rugs in your home could mean that you don’t lose as much heat through your floor, and it’s a chance to restyle your home décor, so what are you waiting for?