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Autumn is well and truly over and the temperature has quickly dropped. It’s the time of year where we need to start thinking about how we can keep ourselves warm during the colder months. If, like us, you live in an old house then this might not be so simple. Here are some ideas for how to stay warm in an older house this winter.
I’m one of those people that likes to hold on for as long as possible before putting the heating on. It has to be at least 1st November before I cave in and even then, I only like to have it on for a short amount of time. If you’re like me then you need to think of some other ways to stay warm. I like to layer up a bit while I’m at home. This could be putting a jumper on over a t-shirt, wearing a long sleeved top to bed or even wearing a dressing gown or snuggly hoody around the house. I’ll always give this a go before turning the heating on.
Soft furnishings can really help to make your older home a warmer place and they don’t have to cost a lot of money. If your home has blinds on the windows consider adding a pair of curtains as well, especially to larger rooms. Curtains can help to block out small amounts of air that might come through older windows as well as keeping the heat in your home. Another option is to add some throws to your sofa. These can come in various sizes and colours so you’re bound to find something to suit your room and they are lovely to snuggle up in on an evening.
Upgrade your boiler
One of the biggest issues in our Victorian home is the boiler as it’s really old and outdated. We don’t have constant hot running water and when we do want to use it we have to wait for ages, especially if it’s being used for a bath. As I’m sure you can imagine, this is quite costly to run and it doesn’t help with the heating in our house.
Instead if putting up with a boiler that doesn’t work for you, your family or your home you might want to consider replacing it with a new boiler. By choosing a more energy efficient boiler you are likely to save money in the long run, have more options for heating at home and also have less worries about your old boiler breaking down. I know that looking at these things can be confusing for a lot of us. If this is how you feel too, then Bbright is a friendly team of qualified experts who would be happy to help you find the right boiler for you and your home.
Multiple heat sources
I think a lot of us tend to rely on a main source of heating such as gas central heating and this could be a mistake. We all know that things can go wrong with heating and it would be a huge problem if your heating broke in winter, especially in an older, colder house. Having additional sources of heat is a good idea. This could be an open fire or wood burner if you have one or oil filled radiators as a back up or quick fix.
I personally don’t like a really warm bedroom and my husband think’s I’m mad for wanting the window open, even in winter. However, I really don’t like getting into a cold bed. Electric blankets generally don’t cost too much to run and you don’t have to have them on for too long. You could turn it on an hour or so before you’re ready to go to bed and then turn it off before you go to sleep. Your bed will be lovely and cosy ready for a good night’s sleep.
Hot water bottles
When it gets cold my hands seem to be the things that suffer the most. If you’re a hot drink kind of person then this might not be as much of an issue for you however, I’m not so I always like to have something to keep my hands warm on. A hot water is great for this as it stays hot for a really long time and it can help to keep your body warm as well. This one is a really cheap option for helping you to keep warm in an older house and something everyone can use.
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