The days are growing shorter, the temperatures are dropping, and winter will be here before you know it. Though each season brings its own set of problems, the winter is by far the most difficult for your home. The chilliest season wreaks havoc on homes across the country, with hidden areas of black ice and snowstorms that knock out electricity for days. Before the first snowfall, start marking these vital maintenance jobs off your to-do list to keep your home and all the people and things safe this winter.
The sun’s warmth is much enjoyed during the winter season, such as the current one. However, as we approach the coldest months of the year, keeping our houses warm becomes challenging. It is preferable to consider and develop a suitable way to keep the chill out of the house. You can reduce the impact of cold while keeping your home warm by following a few simple guidelines.
Make use of your drapes.
Sunlight is free, so take the lead. During the day, open your drapes and let the sunlight in to take advantage of the free heat. Shut your curtains when it gets dark to add another layer of insulation and keep the heat in your rooms. You should also inspect for any leaks or gaps to ensure that warm air stays in and cold air stays out, which will assist in avoiding condensation.
Make use of timers for your central heating system.
Programming your boiler to power up the heating a bit sooner, say, 30 minutes before you get up in the morning but at a lower temperature, according to the Centre for Sustainable Energy, is less expensive than putting it on the right when you need it at a higher temperature. This is because, regardless of whether your thermostat is set at 20°C or 30°C, a boiler heats up at the same rate. However, don’t make the mistake of leaving your heating on low all day, as you’ll be paying for heat you don’t use.
Make the most of your insulation.
The roof loses around a quarter of it when it comes to heat. Installing 25cm of insulation across your loft will help minimize this. It’s also worth looking into what’s going on inside your walls, as this accounts for around a third of the heat lost in an uninsulated house. It’s also worth checking with your energy provider to see if they offer any insulation programs, which can occasionally include low-cost or no-cost installation.
Improve the efficiency of your boiler.
If your boiler is older than ten years, it’s time to replace it with a modern, more efficient model. By restoring your old boiler with a new A-rated condensing boiler that uses less energy to provide the same amount of heat, you could save various dollars. Furthermore, if it’s spanking new, you’ll have fewer issues as the winter season comes.
Install an HVAC system
An HVAC system, or heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system, eliminates impurities from the air and regulates indoor air by cooling or heating it to offer comfort. Many contaminants can be found in the air. You or your family may become ill if you allow it into your home without first purifying it.
Every HVAC equipment has four basic features in common: an air distribution system, an air exhaust system, an air handling unit, and an outside air intake. Some systems have a return mechanism that allows the conditioned air to be returned to the air handling unit.
Build a Fireplace
Installing a fireplace is an excellent way to maintain the desired level of warmth. It not only adds to the house’s décor and aesthetic, but it also maintains the atmosphere warm. There are different types of fireplaces available these days, all of which are simple to use. Electric fireplaces are very popular these days since they are easier to use. As a result, many older homes with a wood fireplace replace it with an electric fireplace. It does not make a mess, unlike a wooden fireplace.
Keep your room’s blinds and drapes pushed back to enable whatever light does come in to brighten the space. If it is dark outside, change the lighting setting and keep the rooms completely illuminated to create a cozy atmosphere. These easy tips can help you make your home more resistant to cold weather while also making it more snug and comfortable.