Keep your home warm in winter

Let’s be honest, there’s nothing quite like the British weather at this time of year. The short days, unpredictable weather and lack of sunshine can really only mean one thing: it’s time to look at how to keep your home, and you, warm so that you don’t suffer in these long dark days and nights. There are quite a number of simple tricks you can use to keep the heat in even the coldest house: – so if you’ve ever wondered how to keep a cold house warm, hopefully this list will help you.

Close all the windows in your house, and close the curtains around all the windows. You may ask: do curtains keep heat in? The answer is yes, they do – they’ll reduce the heat loss through the glass of your windows, thus helping you to save money.

If you don’t have triple glazing, then in unused rooms of your house, it’s a good idea to cover the window with an extra layer – a curtain, or similar, covering over the glass then the curtains drawn around it. This will reduce heat loss even further and create a cheap and simple method of draught-proofing your house.

Close up any unused rooms. By all means, open them to ‘air them out’ on milder days throughout the week. But for the most part, you can close off any unused or unneeded rooms in your house for the duration of the winter.

If possible, get your boiler and central heating system serviced so that it’s all running as efficiently as possible. You’ll save on your heating bills if everything’s in the best possible working order. Ask for a smart thermostat to be fitted, so you can keep a proper track of your house temperature.

Arrange your main living room furniture so you get the full benefit of your heating, and don’t be afraid to pile on extra blankets and throws to snuggle under while you’re watching the television. Stay warm with a hot water bottle, but if you use an electric blanket remember it’s not advisable to use a hot water bottle with it.

Use draught excluders and hang curtains across open doorways wherever possible. Like the trick with putting extra covers around your windows, you’re basically looking for ways to give the heat in your rooms the least possible chance to escape; and to keep the cold air out and the warm air in.

Once you’ve got all the windows and doors covered, you’re going to be getting the most benefit possible of the hot air generated by your heating system. Have your heating on when you need it most, and off at times when you’re not there – or overnight while you’re sleeping, for example, to regulate the amount of heat at times when you won’t need it. Heat only the rooms you’re using – but do remember to open up and air out those closed-off rooms a couple of times a week to prevent damp setting in.

There are several reasons to look for ways to keep your house warm in winter. The more energy-efficient you can make your home, the lower the cost of heating it will be. The warmer you are, the healthier you’ll be. The tips above can help you reduce the extra cost of heating your home in winter, so that you can keep your heating on for longer in your main rooms and improve your chances of staying fit and healthy through the winter.

Without heating your home properly, your health could suffer dramatically. It’s important to heat your house to at least 18 degrees celsius, as any lower could have a detrimental effect and lead to an increased risk of cardiac failure or strokes. Cold houses are proven to increase the risks of high blood pressure, and to be a major cause of winter pneumonia. Ensure you minimise your risk of becoming ill by keeping your heating to at least that 18 degrees celsius recommended limit.

If you’re eligible to do so, make sure you’ve claimed your winter fuel allowance. Payment should be made automatically to you during November and December, most likely at the same time as you receive your pension or other benefits. However, if you’re unsure if you’ve had your allowance, or even if you’re eligible to claim at all, you can either claim online or ask your benefits office for assistance.