11.02.2017

Keeping a Larger Home Warm This Winter

As the weather starts to get colder, heating bills start to rise. But, you may find that if you live in a larger than average home, even with your heating on full blast, it can be difficult to keep warm. You could find that you’re spending a fortune on your gas bills and still spending your evenings shivering in a large, cold room. While it’s true that a smaller, cozier homes can be heated more efficiently, there’s no reason why having a bigger house means you need to spend your winter freezing and uncomfortable in your own home.
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Shut Doors

No matter how large your home, chances are you only use a room or two at a time. So, close the doors. We all shut our external doors when we come in, and then leave connecting doors open. Closing these internal doors will help to keep the rooms that you are using toasty and warm.

Close Your Curtains

Curtains are incredibly useful when it comes to keeping a bigger home warm. First, make sure all of your curtains are thick and lined. You could even hang some in doorways to offer extra protection from the elements.

In the daytime, open your curtains wide to let the sun warm your house. Then, as soon as it starts to get dark, close your curtains to keep the heat inside. If your radiator is underneath the window bay, as they often are, tuck the curtains behind so you’re not sending heat directly out of the window.

Check Your Boiler

It’s a good idea to have your boiler serviced at the start of autumn every year to make sure it’s in top form when winter arrives. You should also make sure you are using the most efficient equipment, so you’re getting the most heat for your money. This is especially true in a larger home where you need a more powerful and efficient furnace to keep your house warm.

Insulation

Most of your home's heat is lost through the roof and walls. The bigger your home, the bigger the roof. Getting your loft insulated is the best way to trap warm air inside the home.

Seal Draughts

If your larger home is also older than average, you may find it’s full of draught. When it comes to doorways, a curtain and a simple draught excluder will do the trick. Then, look for any cracks, holes and damaged seals and get them fixed or filled.

Textiles

Add texture to your rooms with soft furnishings, blankets, cushions and other textiles to make your home appear cozy and warm.

Windows
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Windows last for a long time. So, we neglect them, assuming they’re fine. But, windows like anything else deteriorate. Check the seals and replace windows if they are old and inefficient.

While some of these changes, such as replacing your windows or furnace might be expensive in the short term, over the course of a few winters, it could save you an awful lot of money on your utility bills by making your home more efficient. Besides, it’ll keep you comfortable. There’s nothing worse than being uncomfortable in your own home.

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