No one wants to live in a cold and drafty home a warm home would be preferred. It’s not good for you health, and it’s certainly not good for your morale either. But what can you do if your home isn’t as warm and toasty as you like it to be? Well, read on to find out.
The first thing you should do, if you want to make your home as cozy and warm as possible is to look at your insulations situation. Depending on when you home was build and what is was built out of it may be a lot colder than others.
For example, traditional style homes built of cob, are very warm. This is because of the cob, made from straw, sand, and mud is a very good insulator. However, new style, modern home that have cavity walls aren’t as warm. As warmer air is drawn out of the house to the colder outside wall, meaning it a lot harder to heat this type of efficiently.
However, there are plenty of solutions, in the form of insulation that can help stop all of this escaping of heat. Insulation materials like Isotherm can be places in the wall cavities. Or between the main home and roof, and will significantly reduce the transferal of warmer air. This will keep your home warmer and save you money on your heating bill too.
Another solution that will keep your home warmer is to consider is underfloor heating. This is when a system of pipes or electric filaments is inlaid underneath the flooring. Then, the heat from the system rises up, warming the floor and the room beyond it.
Underfloor heating can work especially well in rooms where you know you will be walking around in bare feet like kitchens and bathrooms. It can also heat an entire room, instead of just a part it, like radiators often do.
Did you know that you buy kits now to install you own underfloor heating? But, ensure you know what you are doing as there are many factors to be aware of to make sure that this system work and is safe.
Now draft excludes aren’t often thought of as being very glamorous. In fact, many people reminisce about those horrible fluffy snacks that were available in the 70’s. But their usefulness is severely underrated.
Drafts can come from a variety of sources, but some of the worst culprits are doors and windows that don’t fit flush to their surrounds. This can happen because they are warped through age. Or a change in temperature means they shrink. This often causes a gap, allowing the wind to happily whip through your home, in the mid-winter! Even though your doors and window are closed!
Draft excluders are just a physical barrier designed to stop or reduce the amount of cold air that can transfer from the outside to the inside. Or from room to room. They are a great alternative to replacing a whole door or window, or good for if it only occurs occasionally during really bad weather. You can also get some pretty stylish ones too now, thank goodness.