Is the cold weather making anyone else feel like hibernating?
Frankly, relaxing in our warm, snug homes feels like the best way to beat the cold.
So, how can we make our interiors as cosy as possible? Well, Anglian Home Improvements have compiled some top tips that will leave you feeling as snug as possible...
1. New year, new setup
The New Year is a great excuse to re-arrange your living space, as it can help you to change the temperature of your home, and subsequently, increase the cosiness too.
For instance, why not move the sofa away from any draughts and instead position it closer to the radiators? Make sure you leave no vents blocked, so the air can circulate around the room. Another option is to pop a shelf up above your radiator - that way, the heat can rise, and it also helps you to keep the warmth in.
2. Make the most of the sun
Those long winter nights can feel never-ending at times, so make sure you maximise the sunlight we do get - it can make a real difference. By opening your curtains during the day, you raise the temperature of your space, as you use the natural energy of the sun.
Energy rating systems have revealed windows with an A rating or higher gain more of the sun's free energy compared to the amount they lose through thermal transmittance. Therefore, having modern, energy efficient windows help you to make the most of the warmth available during the winter.
3. Achieving cosiness
One of the best things about winter is that it gives us a great excuse to spend time indoors with our families. A great way to do this, and update our interiors in the process, will be with soft furnishings.
Sumptuous throws, comfy cushions and deep pile rugs all play a part in creating a relaxing environment.
4. Be aware of the draughts
If there's a cold breeze creeping in, it becomes important to make sure your home is draught-proof. There are some simple steps you can try - for instance, if you have exposed floorboards with small cracks, why not roll out a rug? Similarly, add a small keyhole cover to your lock on the front door to prevent any unnecessary chills.
Something you need to remember is cold draughts will always sneak into your home, be it due to a damaged hinge or an old seal. Think about replacing your windows for some new energy efficient uPVC, wooden or aluminium windows that will keep your space warm and make it feel safer and quieter.
5. Roof replacement
There is no better time to start work on your home than the New Year. Changing your conservatory roof not only transforms your home, but also helps you keep out the cold. Make sure you retain the wow factor, along with the feeling of having both space and light, which comes from having a well-designed conservatory. A lightweight tiled roof extension will be up to 15 times more thermally efficient than another type of roof, ensuring the room will be both comfortable and useable throughout the year.