Winter is here, and we all know what that means. Short days, long nights, miserable weather conditions and feeling chilly. On colder days, many of us feel tempted to crank up the temperature on the thermostat, but if you’re watching the pennies this isn’t always the best idea. Having the heating on full blast all day will probably lead to a nasty and expensive surprise when your next energy bill lands on the doormat.
Thankfully, there’s no need to shiver your way through the winter months. In fact, there are many ways you can keep warm this winter without overspending. Here are a few great ways to stay warm this winter.
Arrange a boiler service
If you have gas central heating, booking a boiler service should be at the top of your priority list as you prepare for the colder months of the year. Having a service will help to make sure your heating system stays in tip-top condition, ensuring it will continue to keep your home cosy. It’s likely to cost you in the region of £75 – a small price to pay for the peace of mind it will provide you. And if the heating engineer identifies any issues during the service, addressing these before they become worse could save you money in the long run.
Bleed your radiators
From time to time, pockets of air can become trapped in radiators. When this happens, they need bleeding to ensure they continue to circulate hot water effectively. Periodically check your radiators for cold spots – if you find any, then it’s time to find your radiator key. Bleeding your radiators can significantly improve the efficiency of your whole heating system – and that means you’ll have a warm home and cheaper bills.
Banish any draughts
The key to keeping your home warm is to trap warm air inside and make sure cold air stays outside. So if your home is a little on the draughty side, the chances are you’ll be feeling the chill this winter. The most common culprits are small gaps around windows and doors. Luckily, sealing these draughts up is a straightforward DIY project for most people. For a quick fix, try rolling up a thick towel and pushing it against the bottom of a draughty door. And if you can see cracks around your window frames, try using caulk to seal them up.
Change your curtains
If you have single-glazed doors and windows, heavy or insulated thermal curtains can work wonders to keep the cold air outside. You can always swap them for something lighter during the warmer months.
Let the sunlight in
If it’s a sunny day outside, make the most of it by throwing open the curtains and letting the sunshine stream in through the window. You’ll give yourself a healthy dose of vitamin D (perfect for beating the winter blues) and warm up your home too.
This one’s easy – try wearing a few extra layers to keep yourself feeling toasty. Cosy blankets are the perfect solution for a cold winter’s evening. And it’s not just about how many layers you put on – fabrics are important to consider too. Fleece, flannel and wool are all good options for locking in the warmth.
Dish up a hearty meal
Enjoying a hot, tasty dinner is a fantastic way to warm yourself up. Plus, the heat from your oven or stove will help to warm up the immediate surrounding area. If you’re pushed for time, think about investing in a slow cooker. You’ll be able to pop the ingredients in and leave it bubbling away all day – and you’ll come home to the smell of delicious winter warmers like stews, soups and casseroles.