It might still be the height of summer, but with the UK weather being so fickle, it’s never too early to think about sorting out you’re heating. After all, you don’t want to have to deal with these issues in the middle of winter! So here are some suggestions for where to start so that you’re snug as a bug in a rug when the cold weather rolls around.
Address draught issues
Before you do anything else, it’s important to deal with any draught issues you have in your home. There’s not much point in investing in a top-quality heating system if all the warmth is going to be lost! Instead, check key spots such as doors and windows for gaps, and consider putting down draught excluders in doorways as well as installing keyhole and letterbox covers. Window frames can be improved with draught-proofing strips, but if your windows are old, you might want to replace them with double glazing.
Look at insulation
Ensuring that your home is well insulated is a great way to make it more energy-efficient. This not only lowers your bills but is also a good way to boost the value of your home when it comes time to move. For instance, attic insulation can be very effective because hot air rises, and as such, the roof is one of the main places where heat is lost.
Have your heating serviced
If you’ve been noticing your heating bills creeping up or your radiators becoming less efficient, it might be a good idea to have your current system serviced. First, Google central heating Stafford to find a reputable company that can advise you on how to restore your heating to its full capacity.
Replace your boiler
Sometimes a simple service isn’t enough, and you may need to upgrade your boiler completely. Although this is a higher initial cost, it can save you a lot in the long term by lowering your heating bills. However, old boilers can also be dangerous as they have a higher risk of malfunction, so if you notice any strange noises or smells, be sure to have them checked out.
Consider a fireplace
One of the cosiest situations we can imagine is to be curled up in front of a crackling fire with a good book, so why not make it a reality? You can opt for a traditional log fire or go for a modern gas or electric one if that better fits your home decor. Either way, it will be both an atmospheric addition to your living room and an effective source of heat. This is because you can use it instead of the central heating for a while and avoid heating up rooms you’re not using.
Furnish for warmth
There are lots of little changes you can make to help keep your home warm. For example:
- Hang thick, insulated curtains
- Place rugs on hardwood floors
- Don’t put large items of furniture in front of radiators
- Install floating shelves above radiators to deflect the heat around the room
- Add cosy cushions and blankets to your sofa
- Light candles for both warmth and atmosphere