19th June 2023
3 ways to warm up your home this winter
With the onset of winter, many of us are thinking about ways to keep our homes warm. We’re spending more time inside and reaching for the dials on our heaters, sending greenhouse gas emissions – and our energy bills – through the roof.
The good news is there are alternatives to running your heater around the clock. There are things you can do to keep your home cosy through the cooler months that not only have less impact to the environment, but keep your energy costs low as well.
1. Invest in insulation - Double your glazing (not your bills)
The windows in your home, as well as letting light in, act as heat conductors – you can spend your days heating your house only to lose a significant amount of warmth through single glazing. Double glazed windows limit the transfer of both hot and cold air, providing year-round comfort while reducing reliance on heating and cooling.
2. Make the most of the sun with the right window overhang
Free heating in the winter is an appealing proposition, and the sun can provide just that – as your windows let the sunlight in, passive solar heat warms your home. But what happens in summer, when you don’t want your house to turn into a furnace? It’s simple – because the sun is lower in the sky in winter and almost straight overhead in summer, by extending or paring back the eaves of your windows to the right depth you can let the winter sun stream in and shade out the summer sun later in the year.
3. Improve ventilation
With the arrival of the wet winter months comes the problem of rising damp, which not only affects comfort levels in your home but if left unchecked, can cause significant damage. Installing a subfloor cross ventilation system allows you to exhaust damp air from the underfloor area and bring fresh air in – and it also makes it easier to heat your home. Having good cross ventilation allows you to open your windows and warm up your house during the day while the sun is out.
There is nothing better than settling into a warm, comfortable house in winter – and by choosing cleaner, greener ways to improve the thermal comfort of your home you can make it a more pleasurable place to live in, while significantly reducing your energy costs.