With the temperature set to plummet across the UK towards the end of the year, you’re probably weighing up whether to turn the thermostat up, or put yet another layer on.
From gale-force winds to driving rain, our homes do their best to protect us from the worst of the elements, but sometimes even a small draught can give your rooms a chill.
In these cases, it’s tempting to turn up the thermostat and just face a bigger energy bill at the end of the month. But this isn’t the only way you can keep the cold weather out of your home.
Instead of cranking the heating up next time you feel a chill, take a look at our four ways to keep the cold weather out this week!
Find the draughts
Draughts are a massive culprit when it comes to inefficient heating.
When it comes to sourcing these pesky gaps, it’s best to start in the obvious places. Take a look at your front door – can you see a bit of daylight creeping underneath it? If so, then it’s best to try and close it up.
Some doors have a built-in brush draught excluder, but if yours doesn’t then take a look at self-adhesive door brushes that will help keep the cold winds out, or even long draught excluder cushions.
Keep the radiators free
Arranging your furniture based on your room’s radiator layout is always a battle. Though it’s best to not put anything in front of your radiators, sometimes it just isn’t possible.
If you do need to place your sofa, or another piece of furniture, in front of a radiator, make sure that you leave a good gap between the furniture and the radiator so the heat can circulate in the room.
Timing is everything
According to the Energy Saving Trust, you shouldn’t keep your heating on low all day.
Instead, it suggests the best way to save energy, and money, is to use the heating when you need it, to stop your heat from being lost throughout the day.
Make the most of your heating’s timer settings and set the heat to come on an hour or so before you need it, this way your home will have time to come to temperature before you need it.
Wrapping your windows
If you live in a period property, you’re probably no stranger to a draughty window. Lots of older properties don’t have secondary glazing, meaning that your home’s hot air can escape more easily through the windows.
If new windows aren’t an option for you, you can get window wraps which will help keep the cold air outside.
Simply attach the self-adhesive tape around your window frame, attach the film to the tape, and use a hairdryer on the film to tighten it.