When it comes to comfort in your home, eventually you have to say enough is enough. After another winter in the cold, a lot of people will feel determined to make a difference for next year, around now. Of course, though, with spring threatening to kick off, most will forget these dreams until Winter 2018 rolls around, at which time it will be too late to make a true difference. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the methods which can be used to improve winter comfort in your home, along with some of the ways to save money in the process.
Winter is a challenging time of year for a lot of people because of the temperature drop it can bring. Unfortunately, most homes aren’t designed to be capable of dealing with all climates, and they have to be either cold in winter or hot in summer. In most cases, the cold option will be chosen, as this is the area a homeowner has the most control over. Below, you can find the three areas you’ll have to consider the most to achieve this.
- The Infrastructure
The facilities you have available to you will dramatically impact the chances you have of being warm during winter. Of course, though, this is more than just the make and model of your heating system and will include factors like age, state of repair, and even the type of water you have access to. By taking all of this into account, you can start to use the Internet to learn and research the parts of your home which could be the most vulnerable. Not only will this make the place warmer, but you may also be able to start saving some money.
Not a lot of people realise, but having your heating and boiler system pumped clean can be one of the best ways to improve the way that it works. While you do this, it can be very worthwhile to have your boiler serviced, too, as this will also impact the way that it runs. This is the beating heart of any modern building, and it needs to be treated with care. Without this, you may not only find yourself struggling to get warm enough, but you could also be left with any heating at all. This will be impossible to deal with during winter, especially if you have young or elderly people sharing your place.
Of course, even with a good cleaning and some repairs, your system might not be quite enough to achieve your heating dreams. In this case, you have a couple of options to help you out, and most of them are very inexpensive. Portable heaters, for example, can be perfect for an hour or two’s warm boost. You could also consider some simple blankets and other warm fabrics to help you out. This is how people have kept warm for thousands of years, and it still works just as well today; you just have to find the right materials.
- The Building
Along with the way your house is heated, the way that it is built will also impact your comfort during the winter. Drafts can make a warm home feel freezing, as moving air can be much more irritating than when it is stationary. To avoid this, rubber strips and draft excluders can be used to seal the doors in and around your home, and you could consider looking for some double glazed windows to keep your portals to the outside from letting out heat.
Heat doesn’t just get lost through the walls, though, and you’ll need to consider how your floors and roof will keep in the heat. Carpets and flooring with heating underneath can have a huge impact on your place, giving you the chance to keep the floors nice and warm regardless of the temperature outside. It’s amazing just how much heat can be lost through the floors. But, with a simple change, you can make this part of your home permanently toasty, even during the coldest months.
Most people are aware of the fact that heat rises. Unfortunately, this presents some problems in a modern home, as the roof is designed to be incredibly light compared to the rest of the home. To avoid overloading the structure, builders have to be careful when designing homes, and this can leave a lot of space for warm air to escape from. The best way to solve this sort of issue is with some simple insulation.
- The Action You Take
Finally, as the last area to consider, most people don’t think about the impact they have on their own home. Leaving doors open, for example, will almost always make your home colder, and this is just the start. Keeping the heat inside your home is a difficult job which a lot of people struggle with. So, to make it easier for yourself, it could be worth putting a routine in place until you find yourself keeping the place sealed habitually.
Along with keeping doors and windows closed, a lot of people are starting to take full advantage of the power a smart meter can bring to a place. Using special technology to learn about your eating habits, this sort of device can optimise the perfect heating pattern for you, keeping your home warmer while also saving money. This sort of device is going to be a legal requirement in loads of places over the next few years. So, it could be worth getting yours installed early to save having to do it with everyone else.
Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start your work for next winter before this one is even through. Over the next few years, loads of new devices and tools are going to be coming out which help people to look after their home. Heating and climate control are going to be a big part of this. So, with the work you’ll have already done, it won’t take long before you can build the perfect warm home.