Colder temperatures are on their way and I don’t know about you but I’ve already started turning up the thermostat and I bet you have as well! Which got me thinking about ways I can keep my home warmer this winter.
I knew there had to be some cheap and easy hacks to reduce heat loss and keep my family warm and toasty and I was right! After doing some research I came across some really ingenious tips and tricks that I want to share with you and hope they can help keep your home warm, too.
Reflect Radiator Heat
I often use tin foil to keep food warm while I’m dishing out the evening meal, but did you know you can also use it in your home to prevent heat loss? Neither did I! By putting tin foil on the wall behind radiators, it helps to prevent heat leaking through the walls and reflects it back into your home instead. You can buy specialist foil from DIY stores but using kitchen foil will do the trick.
Another little tip: putting a shelf above your radiator can also help to reflect the heat.
DIY Draught Excluders
Doors and windows are one of the biggest areas for heat loss so it’s a good idea to fill any small gaps with filler or insulation tape. Another solution is draught excluders but if you need one for each room then this can become expensive. So, then I thought why not make some? I found that you can make DIY draught excluders from pillow cases, old curtains, or even tights!
Cover Up Floors
Wooden floors are gorgeous but if they’re not insulated then they all your heat can drain through them. To solve this, you can use filler to block up any gaps between floor boards, but this can take quite a long time! Alternatively, you can add rugs and blankets to make your home warmer as well as more cosy and inviting.
Choose Thicker Curtains
Your home loses a lot of heat around windows and doors, but thick curtains can help to combat this problem. If you have the money then investing in some thermal lined curtains is a brilliant idea, or if you’re on a budget then you can line curtains yourself with an old duvet cover, a blanket or even a shower curtain!
Another little tip: hang curtains at your doors as well as your windows to reduce heat loss even further.
Insulate Your Loft
This might seem like a big task, but your loft is probably the easiest area to insulate in your home and it can save a lot of money. Companies like Insulation Giant sell loft insulation that just needs to be cut and rolled into place, but if you plan on doing this yourself then please make sure you wear goggles and a mask and watch your step!
I really hope these tips can help keep your home warm this winter. I’ll definitely be using some of these ideas to keep myself and my children warm! Which ones are you going to try?
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