By nickihodgson - posted on October 2, 2018

Brace Yourself. Winter Is Coming.

The summer’s scorching heatwave seems to have wiped freezing temperatures from our minds. But the brutally cold Beast from the East from earlier this year could make a return – possibly as early as this month! Though nothing is certain, it’s best to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. So here are some of our toasty tips to make your winter a touch warmer:

Snug as a bug in a rug

  1. Layer up: be it clothing or blankets, warm air gets trapped between the layers, helping you stay warm.
  2. Drink hot beverages: tea, coffee, hot chocolate or even broth will warm you from the inside out.
  3. Keep cosy with slippers: not only will they keep your feet warm, they can keep you safer around your home by improving grip while also saving your socks from excessive wear-and-tear.
  4. Change your covers: look for a duvet with a high tog rating (1 tog is the coolest, 15 tog is the warmest).
  5. Use a hot water bottle or microwaveable heating pad: place it under the covers before you hop into bed or keep it on your lap for more concentrated heat.
  6. Snuggle a loved one – don’t forget about Fluffy or Spot!

Trap the heat

  1. Open your curtains when the sun comes out to soak up the radiant heat, but make sure to close them at dusk to stop the heat from escaping when the temperatures start to drop.
  2. Double your drapes: adding a second layer of heavy fabric to your curtains is a great way to reduce the amount of heat that’s lost through your windows.
  3. Wrap your windows: consider secondary glazing if you have single pane windows. All you need is the film, a hair dryer and a pair of scissors.
  4. Detect the draughts: find and seal any gaps under your doors and around your windows, keyholes and letterboxes and unused chimneys.
  5. Insulate your home: 25% of heat can be lost from an uninsulated roof! So consider loft insulation (300mm recommended) to slow that heat loss.

Get more out of the heat

  1. Be reflective: add reflective radiator panels to bounce heat away from the wall and into the room.
  2. Radiator care: if your gas central heating isn’t providing enough warmth, try bleeding your radiators to release trapped air or, if you notice the fluid is brown or the heating is noisy, flush the system to get rid of gunk and allow the heat to distribute more efficiently.
  3. Remove obstructions: reposition your sofa or other furniture away from radiators to feel the full effect of the heat from the radiators.
  4. Cook at home: not only will you get a hot meal, you can also use the residual heat from cooking to warm your home.
  5. Control your heating: timers, thermostats and TRVs can help you schedule your heating needs, heat only the rooms you use and keep your home at a suitable temperature – all while saving you money on your heating bills.

Still cold?

  1. Keep moving: put away laundry, do the washing up or run around to raise your body temperature.
  2. Be sociable: visit friends, family, a faith organisation or a local community centre to take advantage of the central heating instead of staying in a cold home.
  3. Broken boiler? Confusing heating controls? Expensive heating bills? Call us for free advice and information tailored to suit your situation.