A warm home can ward off respiratory infections and prevent your home from getting damp. You might be tempted to put off heating your home this winter due to heating costs rising between 10% and 28%, depending on the type of heating you have. But to keep you and your home warm and welcoming you need to keep it as toasty as possible. Here are a few ways to do this without racking up sky-high heating bills.
Stock up on soft furnishings
Soft furnishings instantly make any home feel warm, cozy, and inviting. Thick, thermal curtains will trap heat and keep the warm room. They can even reduce heat loss by 40%. Cushions and throws should be next on your list. Cushions make people feel relaxed and they trap heat when they’re laid on. Throws are always great for grabbing when there’s a chill in the air. Plus, they’re stylish and add texture and color to the room. Don’t forget about rugs, especially if you’ve got hard floors. A rug in the hallway will make guests feel welcome and will keep floors warm and nice to walk on.
Keep your pets comfortable
If you’re one of the 70% of U.S. households that own a pet, you also need to make your home warm and cozy for them. Cats and dogs are the most common pets and most of them will want to spend more time indoors during the winter. It’s also normal for pets to seek out warmth in strange places, such as on top of the dryer or the hob. But, these aren’t safe places for them. Make life safer and easier for your pet by moving its bed to a toasty location, such as near a heater. You can keep your cat or dog toasty by moving its bed so that it’s not on a cold floor. This may mean elevating it into a safe place. A thicker blanket in your pet’s bed will also be more comfortable for a pet that’s trying to stay warm this winter.
Smarten up your heating
Have you ever got home, opened the door, and been put off by how cold it is inside? A simple solution to this problem is to heat your home before you get home. A smart thermostat allows you to remotely control when the heating in your home goes on and off, as well as the temperature. They’re currently used by 33 million households in North America and you can track the amount you’re spending on them too. Heating your home in this way is particularly beneficial if you’ll be arriving home with guests. They’ll feel instantly drawn to your home and welcome when they step into a snug and warm hallway. As you’ll benefit from the heat right away, you can turn the heating off when you get in and still feel snug.
A warm and welcoming home will make everyone that lives in or visits your home happy, healthy, and cozy. There are so many things you can do to keep your home warm, so make sure you follow these helpful tips this winter.