Making Your Home Warm And Comfortable In Readiness For Winter

Here it comes, the unrelenting and merciless cold of winter. Although you never know if it’s going to snow or not, you can be guaranteed that it’s going to be cold all throughout the home. Cold is like a virus, and it slowly spreads from room to room, leaving no corner untouched from its presence. The issue with many homes is that they weren’t designed to be truly comfortable because when they come to being items of sale, they must look aesthetically pleasing. For example, a wooden floor in the living room is not conducive to creating a warm room, which captures a lot of heat. During the winter, in fact, hardwood floors become rigid and suffer from a terrible lack of heat. It’s almost painful to walk on them, if you come down for something to drink or eat, during the night. Older homes suffer from structural problems during harsh weather, with creaking and cracks happening as the wood contracts due to the lack of moisture in the air. There are a few things you should be preparing for in your home, to make it a much more comfortable living space during the colder months that are soon to follow.

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Never overlook basic insulation

Most modern homes come with insulation already installed, but if your home is from an older time period, it most likely won’t have. Rolls of thick foam can be installed by experts to make sure heat is not escaping out of the home. There’s generally one type of grade that commercial homes are able to receive, but depending on how much you’re willing to pay, you might be able to get a higher quality foam insulation, which in turn will save you more on energy bills. The walls themselves can be filled with foam as well but may require them to be drilled into first. Make sure the procedure that is carried out to do this is done so by professionals who take care in avoiding hitting water pipes as well as filling the holes back up properly. Although this might seem like basic insulation, the importance cannot and underestimated because of each room, supports the other to keep more heat within the walls, thus bolstering the central heating system.

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Clear and clean the central heating

The central heating is generally a simple system, which ferries water from the boiler to the heaters which have been fixed to the walls of your home. You may not realize, but radiators can become filthy and quite muggy from the inside. When this happens, they become blocked, and air pressure starts to build up, forcing the water to stay out. Hot water cannot fill the radiator, and thus, even though your boiler is working fine, your rooms won’t heat up. You can do this yourself, or call in an expert, but first, start by taking the radiator off from the attachments to the wall. It’s wise to turn the upper nut, with the key that should have come with the house, to first, loosen it and let the air pressure out slowly. If you don’t do this, the dirty water will burst outward when the air from the outside tries to equalize with the air inside. Carefully, block the nut, while carrying the radiator outside into the garden. Hold it up from one side, to clear all the filthy water out. You can put a pressure nozzle into the hole and with your hose, force water in and out of the radiator to clean it thoroughly. Once you fit the radiator back in, it should heat up more efficiently.

 

Swap leather for fabric

Leather sofas during winter are an absolute nightmare. They contract so much that they become stretched and because of the tightness, they lose even more heat than they would otherwise. Even if you put a sheet over the sofa, they will naturally become cold and especially during the night. Equally, when you sit on sheets, they become bunched up and sooner or later, you’ll end up exposing a patch of freezing cold leather. Swap the leather for a comfortable chair, which molds around your body like a bean bag chair. Not only can you lie back and relax in bean bags, but you don’t lose as much body heat as you would on a sofa. Giant bean bag chairs, have high-quality shredded foam, which can switch from giving your back the support it needs, to flattening out so you can sit in a more casual position. You can also get foot rests for your bean chair, so you’re not having to curl up all the time or rest your feet on the cold floor. Giant bean bag chairs, are not like older versions and don’t sit you at a height just above the ground, so you’ll be at normal sofa seating height.

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Plug the gaps  

So many people don’t realize just how much heat is lost through nook, crannies, and crevices. Through no fault of your own, heat could be seeping out of your home, without you playing a role in it. Small cracks in window frames and the sealant in the window sills, over time, begin to break down. It stretches and contracts in accordance with the room temperature and the outside temperature. You may even notice that water slowly that to penetrate inward. A green substance that looks like moss, but is much thicker, like the consistency of a paste, will start to form on the inside, wherever there is a flow of water and moist air. If you buy a window sealant, you can fill in these crevices that form at the base of window frames usually, but can also appear at the top near the pressure equalizer handle.

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Thickness at every window

When it comes to windows, it’s all about keeping heating away from getting a chance to escape. Thicker curtains during the winter time would act as the fourth wall in every room. Curtains that are thicker and heavier are able to absorb the heat in the home and reflect it back in a gradual fashion. When you’re heating your home, the air itself will become hot and low pressure will begin to build. The air molecules will then slowly start to bounce off each other, and any colder air molecules will be more susceptible to absorbing them. If you stuff your curtains with wool or perhaps other fabrics, you can stop this from happening. Or, the other and the easier route would be to simply buy a thicker curtain for winter, which has been purposefully designed for the season. You may need to strengthen the curtain strips and the supports to hang these heavier curtain types up, but you can evenly distribute the weight by using more curtain rings.

 

Let light in

It’s very tempting to leave the curtains drawn during the day as the winter months become colder and colder. However, that would be counterproductive if you want more heat in your home. Despite it being chilly outside when the sun is shining, the temperature is actually rising, whether you feel it on your skin or not. It’s the same with the home, as the sunshine will slowly but surely, heat your home during the day. So, before you go to work, pull the curtains aside and allow the sun rays to penetrate through your window and come inside. Don’t remove the thin layer of window shade, as there is a limit to how much heat you can afford to escape at the expense of the sun heating your rooms.

 

Set a timer on your heating

It’s a pain in the backside to have to get up and continually turn on the heating manually when you want to be rid of the cold in your home. It would pay off to think carefully about the time of your central heating turning on by itself, even if you’re not intending on using it. Boilers freeze up during the winter, and especially during particularly frosty nights. Set two different timers, so you have one which keeps the boiler alive and ticking, and the other to warm up the home. During the night you could set your heating to come on, purely for half an hour or even less, just so the inner components don’t freeze up of your boiler. The other timer could be for when you’re home, sitting in the living room, reading or watching television, and the heating is already on to maintain your desired room temperature. Keeping your heating system functioning during the winter is important, so you don’t have to call out a repair company which will end up costing your hundreds of dollars. All you need to do is to allow the boiler to plow through cold nights by turning on for a decent amount of time, essentially to warm up the pipes and melt any water that’s in the process of freezing solid.

Making your home comfortable for the winter is a joy to do if you’re preparing well in advance. Don’t let the cold weather creep up on you and your home. Make ready with tips and tricks to make sure, you’re not losing any valuable heat from inside your house, and take measures to trap the hot air inside as well.

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