The weather this winter has been particularly unpredictable; from snowfall and floods to rain and hail, no two days have been the same. However, one thing that has remained constant is how cold it is outside. With the drop in temperature outside making us layer up as much as possible, it is likely that you’re also doing the same when at home.
Heating prices are high and as much as we would like to have radiators warming up our homes, we’re not trying to break the bank this 2018. If you’re feeling the chill when wandering around your house, you may be wondering what easy at-home fixes can be made to ensure that your home is retaining as much heat as possible. These are a few of the easiest and cheapest methods that you can start using today!
Draught-proof your home
If you’ve been feeling the draught over the past couple of months, it is likely that there are gaps between your doors and windows, allowing the cold air to seep into your home! Fortunately, this has a quick fix that will save you a few pounds on your heating bill. Draught excluders come in a variety of different shapes and sizes, but the most efficient way of preventing the cold is by using a combination of a self-adhesive strip around window frames, with a cushion draught excluder perfect for placing along the bottom of your door.
Blackout blinds are one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways in which you can keep your home insulated. They’re not only the perfect accessory in the colder months; complete with a thermal coating; they maintain the heat in throughout the winter while keeping the room cold during the summer months. Additionally, the blackout function of the blind is ideal for those of you looking for ways to keep the light out of your room in the morning.
If your radiator is positioned below a window, it is likely that the heat is escaping through the window. When trying to maintain the temperature in your home, it is essential that you can retain as much warmth as possible. To prevent the loss of warmth, place aluminium foil behind your radiator. This works by reflecting the heat back into the room, obstructing its path causing heat to leave via the window.
After installing thermal blinds to your skylight windows, there are a few clever tricks which can help to make sure that your room stays snuggly. Exchanging your thin, cotton sheets for a thick flannel alternative may not make you want to get up in the morning due to you being so comfortable, but make the perfect change when attempting to remain warm. Additionally, placing thick rugs in a variety of fabrics will prevent the heat escaping through the floor, especially if you have exposed floorboards. For more information about some of the trends which you can expect to see in 2018, check out our blog post here for more inspiration.
Let the light in
During the daylight hours, it is crucial to let as much sunlight in as possible. Skylight windows are perfect for this due to the angle that they are positioned at, as they allow a lot of the suns rays to penetrate the glass. When the sun begins to set at the end of the day, roll down your blinds and shut your curtains, keeping the heat that was made over the day in.
Set your central heating
There are going to be times throughout the day when your heating is a necessity. However, careful planning allows you to keep this a cheap option. Setting times when you’re going to need to be kept warm, for example, half an hour before you wake up, allows your home to reach a nice temperature, and having your boiler switched on for half an hour at a low heat is more efficient and cheaper than a ten minute blast at a high heat!
What are some of your favourite ways to keep your home warm during the colder months? Reach out to us on our social media channels and let us know! If you’re wondering which skylight blinds would be perfect for your home, then get in touch with the team here at Skylight Blinds Direct. We have a host of information online to help your blind selection process go as smoothly as possible, so take a look today!