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Summer Home Rennovations: Tips For A Warm Home This Winter

Summer Home Rennovations: Tips For A Warm Home This Winter

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Even though summer has finally arrived and the temperatures are up, now is the time to start planning ahead for winter. There is one major thing you need to sort out now before winter arrives: your property’s heating and insulation. It’s best to get this sorted now well before winter hits. Otherwise, you might leave it too late and could end up with a few cold days while you try and get your heating systems. So now is the perfect season to sort out your home’s heating. How can you ensure your house will stay warm this coming winter? Here are some tips and tricks.

Sort Out Your Heating System

You should check your heating system and ensure that it is working as it should be. The easiest way to do this is to turn your system on for a short while. After around twenty minutes or so, you should be able to tell if it is working or not. Some heating systems need to be regularly serviced. If this is the case with yours, you need to get in touch with a workman who specialises with boiler and heating system services. Ideally, he or she should check your system at least once a year. If your boiler fails its service and can’t be fixed, you should think about getting a new system. At least if you get a new one now, it will be ready to go in time for winter. This gives you a chance to change your entire heating system. To see which boiler or which furnace is the best, take a look at online reviews.

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Get Installation

If your house isn’t properly insulated, you will start to feel the chill once the cold weather sets in. Not only that, though, but you will also have expensive heating bills. That’s because your heating will be on higher to compensate for the lack of insulation. If you have recently moved into your home and aren’t sure whether you have the correct insulation, you can check by going up into the attic or loft. You should be able to see cavity wall insulation. If you don’t notice any, it is a good idea to call a company who can come and install some for you.

Double Glazing

Double-glazed windows can also help to keep the heat inside your home. They are super efficient as they prevent the heat from leaving your rooms. They are much more advantageous compared to single-glazed windows which can be quite draughty. If you have the time and money, you should seriously consider replacing all your single-glazed windows. Summer is the best time, as the weather will be perfect for workmen to work on the outside of your home. If you can’t afford to do all your windows at once, you should think about doing just one side at a time.

Buy Thick Curtains

Another very effective way to prevent heat escaping through your windows is to hang thick and heavy curtains. Of course, don’t hang them now during summer. Thin materials are best for summer curtains as they will make your rooms feel light and airy. However, once winter comes along, you could do with some extra help to retain all the heat in your home. Right now, you will be able to find thick curtains for low prices in the shops. By them now before stores increase the price in a couple of month’s time when everyone is buying them. Make sure your winter curtains extend below the window frame. This will help to insulate your room even further!

Close The Doors To Rooms You’re Not Using

If you have a spare bedroom that you rarely use, you should keep the door closed throughout winter. If possible, turn off the room’s heating as well. There is no point in heating a room that isn’t being used! If you are expecting guests who will be sleeping in it, simply turn on the heating the day before they arrive. This will get the room nice and warm for their arrival! By keeping the door closed while the room isn’t in use, all your warm air will stay in the rooms that you do use. Keeping the main part of the house nice and toasty!

Open Curtains

Make sure you open all your curtains during the day. We might not get a lot of sunlight during the winter, but when we do it is important to harness it as much as possible. So keep your curtains open wide to let it shine in your rooms! The sun’s rays are free energy, so you may as well get as much as you can! Your north-facing rooms will get lots of sun in the morning. In the evening, it will move to the other side of your house and shine through into west-facing rooms. Unfortunately, south-facing rooms don’t get too much sunlight. So if you want to, it’s perfectly fine to keep the curtains in these rooms closed.

Seal Up Cracks

If you live in an especially old home, cracks could have developed in the walls and flooring over time. They may only be small, but they can still let out a large amount of warm air from your home. The best thing you can do is try to find as many as you can and seal them up. Check all your doors and windows too. Sometimes, gaps can develop between them and the walls. These can also let cold air in. If possible, seal them up. However, if the gaps are very noticeable, you might have to get new doors or windows fitted. If your doors are still quite new and have gaps, you might just need to rehang them in the doorway to straighten them up!

Even though it is nice and sunny right now, don’t be tempted to waste all your days relaxing in the garden. Now is the perfect time to get your home ready to brace the winter cold! You’ll thank me once it starts snowing!

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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