While we've been spoilt with a mild October so far, it's inevitable that there will be a dip in temperature in the coming weeks.
One of the major causes of heat loss around the home during the colder months will be your exposed windows - it's no secret. Frankly, glass isn't a great insulator, so you can rely on it to let the warmth out and the cold in.
Of course, turning your heating up will be a way around this, but covering your windows will also be essential if you want to cut draughts and lower heating bills.
Blinds not only look good, but are a practical, cost-effective and incredibly energy efficient, as the British Blind and Shutter Association explain to us here...
The most effective blind to keep heat in a room are honeycomb style blinds.
They have two functions – they’re great for providing privacy, while also forming a barrier between the room and window surface, in the process trapping air in the fabric's cells.
In fact, they've been found to be more efficient at reducing heat loss than heavy curtains were.
A study, conducted by Glasgow Caledonian University, found honeycomb blinds can reduce heat loss by a huge 60 per cent, while heavy curtains only managed to cut it by 39 per cent.
When it comes to picking your blinds, think about a thicker fabric, along with one which has a reflective coating. It's another excellent method for ensuring you maintain a toasty space this winter.
Another good way to retain heat will be to go for blinds that are fitted in frames (otherwise known as cassettes) or with channels at the side.
When fitting blinds, either add them inside or outside the reveal. If you're looking to maximise heat retaining abilities of the blinds, adding them outside the reveal is preferable - this covers the whole window, as it becomes thermally more efficient, and leaves fewer gaps for cold air to go through.
However, there is one exception to the rule - that's shutters. They're one of the most efficient choices for warmth, primarily due to their snug fit inside the window frame, while their thick wood acts as a great insulator.
One thing to remember. Make sure you keep your blinds open during the day to make the most of winter sun, before closing them as the sun goes down - that way, you make the most of this free heat.
Information and image provided by the British Blind and Shutter Association