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Keep the Heat in this Winter

attic insulationNow that winter has reared its ugly head, it’s everyone’s mission to keep as warm as possible! 

With heaters on full blast around the clock, it’s no wonder that household bills skyrocket at this time of year.  According to ABC, The average American household will pay $992 in heating costs this winter, which is $94 higher than last year. This is because of a recent hike in oil prices.

As well as saving some money by keeping more heat inside, you’ll stop harmful greenhouse gasses from escaping into the atmosphere and adding to global warming. 

It makes sense to try and keep as much heat in the house as possible. Our guide is here to help! 

INSTALL ATTIC INSULATION

Most of the heat lost in your house is escaping through the roof. It can be quite expensive to have your attic insulated, but the long term benefits make the cost worthwhile. Make sure that you research a few firms before you make your decision, or ask friends and relatives who they have used to carry out the work. 

SEAL YOUR WINDOWS

Heat escapes easily through the tiny gaps in your windows. You can seal them using self-stick rubber strips or window insulation film stretched along the window frame. Be careful though, because the rubber strips can take paint off when you remove them.

Apply new caulking to the inside and outside of the window if the old caulk has become cracked and flaky. You’ll just need to leave it to dry for about twelve to fifteen hours before it sets. 

PUT UP A HEAVY BLIND

You might be cynical, but a thick blind or heavy curtain will trap heat in your house and stop it from escaping through your windows. Roman blinds are best. That way, your rooms will stay warmer after you have turned any heaters or fires off. It will also give your rooms an extra touch of style! 

BUY A DRAUGHT EXCLUDER

To stop heat escaping under doors, buy a draft excluder. They come in all shapes and sizes, with all kinds of funky designs.  If you want to save money, hop online and see how to make your own! You can also just stuff a few rugs under the door if you don’t want to buy an excluder. 

RATION YOUR HEATING

It can be tempting to crank your heating up at leave it on for hours at a time. However, you’d be surprised at how residual heat can keep you warm when the fire has been switched off. Throw on a jumper to make yourself extra warm.

Don’t leave the heating on when you go to bed: get some extra blankets or a thicker duvet to keep snug. 

TURN DOWN THE WATER HEATER

Turn down your water heater by a few degrees to reduce the amount of energy escaping through the roof and windows. You won’t notice the difference when you take a bath or shower! 

We hope that you have enjoyed our guide to keeping heat inside your house this winter. Stay cosy!

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This has been a guest post by James Archer on behalf of Gallery Blinds.