How cold has it been this week?! I know I wrote a post last week about the things I LIKE about winter, but seriously, it’s soooo cold. Together with the fog and the dark nights, I’ve been trying to make our home warmer. We live in a new build apartment which doesn’t have radiators – we have underfloor heating instead. Unfortunately it doesn’t warm up straight away, in fact it feels like ages till it actually feels warm. So I brought out my furry throw that I got last year – it is so soft and warm to sit on.
I drape it over the sofa, or curl up under it. It’s seriously warm. I also got out my trusty fan heater. I’ve had this for years and it still works. I don’t put it on so much because of electricity bills, but it’s good for a quick burst of heat.
We’re quite lucky to live in a new build apartment, as we don’t have to worry about a boiler or any outside maintenance, unlike my parents who live in a 1930s house where there’s a lot more to do. Luckily, plenty of information is available to help get your home winter-ready, including this one from Quercus Living, which has loads of useful ideas.
Apart from the obvious of getting your boiler serviced, there’s ideas for things around the home you may have forgotten about, like clearing gutters and sorting out noisy pipes – all of which prevent damage to your home during winter. And the great thing is, you can do most of these things yourself without having to call someone out to do it all – these tips are definitely worth a read!
The other thing I do is put a fleecy throw against our front door, as a draft always seems to come that way, so this stops it. I must get myself a proper draft excluder one day!
Lastly, I must get some curtains for our living room, the cold definitely comes through the windows, double-glazed or not.
Have you any other tips on how you get your home warm ready for winter? Do let me know!
This is a collaborative post with Quercus Living, but all opinions are my own as always.