There are lots of advantages to growing old; we have more free time and a lot more wisdom for a start, but one thing that isn’t great is how cold it can feel in winter. We just don’t have the same internal heating system we had in our younger days, so when the temperature starts to drop, we can really feel the chill. That’s why it’s important to do all we can to keep warm, and while extra layers can help, the best place to start is in the home. Here are three things you can do so that the coming winter feels a little less blue.
Install Double Glazing
Double glazing can make a huge difference to how your home feels, as it makes it much harder for warm air to escape from your property. Much of the heat we generate creeps out through our windows and doors, but double glazing puts a stop to that. You’ll certainly notice the difference, and you may even be able to turn your thermostat down, which is good news for your energy bills and good news for the environment as well. One other advantage is that double glazed windows are also much more effective at keeping external noise out, so if you live near a busy road, your home will be noticeably quieter.
One modern solution to cold winters is a whole house heat recovery ventilation system. That simply means that the heat generated by your heating system is circulated and re-used, which makes a much more efficient and effective way to heat your home. Heat recovery systems are available for houses of all sizes, as well as for commercial premises, and they can be self-fitted or installed by specialist engineers. The initial cost can be repaid through savings on your energy bills, and what price can you put on a warm and comfortable home when it’s cold or snowing outside?
Keep Your Roof in Great Shape
We were all taught at school that hot air rises, and that means that heat generated on all the floors of your home will rise up and make their way to your roof. If it’s in a state of disrepair, this air can escape which will make the whole property feel colder than it should, which is why it’s important to keep your roof in optimal condition. An annual roof inspection can spot cracked or missing tiles or damaged membranes, giving the roofer the opportunity to repair these faults before winter arrives. Another great way to prevent heat escaping through your roof is to install roof and loft insulation, and once again this can also have a marked impact on your heating bills.
With the cost of gas and electricity rising so rapidly, we’re all under pressure to use less energy, but it’s also vitally important to keep warm in winter, especially for those of us in our golden years. Home heat recovery systems, double glazing, and insulation can allow us to get the best of both worlds by turning our heating down while still having snug rooms. When your home is prepared, let winter do its worst.