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Are you sat reading this post wrapped in scarves and blankets? Is your home cold, despite having the heat turned on high? Do you feel like you may be getting frostbite? If so, you need to figure out why. Your home should be a comfortable place to live in, and not an igloo (unless, of course, you actually live in an igloo).
Perhaps one of the following is the reason your house won’t warm up:
Your roof is in need of repair.
- We lose a lot of heat through the roof, so if you haven’t had your loft areas insulated yet, then you might consider the expense a worthy one. However, if your roof is damaged in any way, perhaps because your home has been affected by wind or storm damage, then you might want to contact the services of residential roof replacement to fix any issues. This is something better left to the professionals then trying a diy fix.
- When it comes to areas letting the cold in, the windows in our homes are the usual culprits. Wooden frames can become worn, meaning there is a higher potential for drafts, and single-glazed panes are prone to losing a lot of heat. If you’re on a budget, you can fill in any gaps in the frame with caulk, and you can purchase insulating film for your glazing. However, if you can afford the expense, you might want to splash out on double or even triple-glazed windows to better keep the heat in.
There are other sources of drafts
- Other than your windows, those pesky drafhts can get into your home in other ways. Your letterbox is one example, so you might want to add a brush to alleviate the issue. Your keyhole, despite being small, can also let the cold air in, so you might want to purchase or craft a cover to go over it. Then there are your external doorways. You might want to replace the doors and frames if they are in any way damaged, but if they are in good condition, you can simply place a draft stop at the bottom, or fit them with draft excluding brushes for a more permanent option. Finally, consider your fireplace and chimney. You need to be careful when trying to block drafts as you don’t want to cause a fire hazard, but there are some tips here that you might find useful.
Your wooden floors
- Wooden floors can look attractive, and they are the preferred choice for anybody with pets and kids as they are easy to clean. However, wooden floors are cold to the feet, and heat can be lost through them if they’re not insulated. There are a number of options here. If you can afford it, you might want to add an underfloor heating system or replace the wooden flooring with carpets. Alternatively, if you are working to a budget, you might want to lay down some rugs in the rooms you use most often, and fill in any gaps in the floorboards where you feel drafts coming through.
So, if your home is a little on the chilly side, you might now know the reason why. Follow our suggestions, and you will be able to shed those extra clothes in no time.