Want to winter-proof your home without breaking the bank? Here are some quick and easy tips to ensure your home can handle the cold.
It’s that time of the year when you’re caught between saving money and saving yourself from the dreaded cold that can invade your home. Fortunately, with just a few simple changes, you can achieve both and, best of all, some things won’t cost you a penny.
Whether it's moving or updating your furniture, you could find your home a whole lot warmer in just a few easy steps. And, if you do find yourself in need of expert help, you can find plenty more tips and tricks here.
Shift your sofa
One simple, but effective, way to keep your house toasty is to rethink the positioning of your sofa. If it's currently in front of the radiator, it’s likely the back of your chair is absorbing the heat, instead of you. If you’re short on wall space and moving your sofa isn’t an option, just pushing it a few inches away from the radiator can make a big difference.
Utilise your curtains
Curtains don’t just block out light, they’re also a great way to retain heat. You’ll find that thicker curtains are the best insulators, although if you’re worried about the cost, curtains with a thermal lining are a relatively cheap option. If you don’t want to splash out on new ones, you can always try lining them yourself with old bed sheets. How’s that for sustainability?
Draught-proof your home
Remember those sausage dog draught excluders your gran used to have? Well, this fun retro addition to your home is also perfect for preserving heat. Of course, if you’d rather leave the jazzy designs with your gran, lining doors and windows with adhesive rubber seals will also do the trick.
Get a new boiler
Still stressed about the cold? It might be time to replace your boiler – especially if your energy bills are giving you a small fright every month. Modern boilers can be up to 24% more efficient than older ones. What’s more, heating accounts for about 55% of your yearly energy bill spend, so an investment now will save you money in the long run.
Want some expert advice? With Local Heroes, it couldn’t be easier to find a vetted, Gas Safe registered tradesperson who can talk you through which boiler is best for your home and your lifestyle. Its strong relationships with leading manufacturers also means it can offer great boilers at great prices.
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