Feeling The Cold Already? Consider Your Options Before Turning on Your Central Heating (Part 2)

September 30 2015

James Patten


Winter drags itself even closer as we reach the last day of September – yes it’s now autumn which means that we must brace ourselves for the inevitable cold. That means: days spent wrapped in duvets, curling up in front of the fireplace like your cat likes to do, and of course sniffing through that cold that everyone’s going to get. 

With that dreary thought, the obvious way to combat the incoming drops in temperature would be to turn your heating on right? Well, if you caught part one of this blog, you’ll know that turning on the heat isn’t the only answer to the question of fighting off the icy grip of winter. Last time, we looked at some alternatives which would not only keep you warm, but also save you money – which is always nice to hear isn’t it?

Well we have some more here for you, so keep reading to find out more tricks to keeping yourself warm before you turn the heating on.

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Exclude that Draught!

Draught-proofing your home is an excellent and effective way to save money on those energy bills, as well as keeping you incredibly warm in the process. If you’re looking for those guilty of letting in the cold air, you need only look at the gaps beneath your doors and windows. For the doors, you can buy a draught excluder, or you could get creative and make your own using a pillowcase stuffed with old tights, socks, or even the filling of a teddy bear. For the windows, some cheap self-adhesive strips will put a stop to the pesky draughts.

Make a Rice Sock

A rice sock; do my eyes deceive me? That’s what you’re probably asking yourself but you can buy teddy bears that are filled with rice and scents to heat in the microwave for a couple of minutes as a an alternative to the hot water bottle. So if there’s a part of your body in particular you want heating, such as your hands or feet, fill a sock with rice and something like lavender, tie the end and you have your very own warmer. You might try putting it under the duvet before you go to bed to warm the sheets too!

Seal the Fireplace

An open fireplace is great for keeping you warm when you need to be, but it’s also a double agent working for the cold air, as it will often let in those harsh breezes through the chimney. One option to stop this would be to get your chimney capped, although this can set you back quite a bit of money. The cheapest option is to get yourself something called a chimney balloon, which you can pick up relatively cheaply and save yourself from any unwanted intruder in the form of cold air.

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We hope these tips will help you keep yourself nice and warm as the cold approaches. Keep checking back with us here for more useful heating tips!

Here at Heritage, we specialise in everything heating; from heating your home, to high quality garage heaters, so if you think we can help you with your heating needs, contact us on 01509 814 123 and one of our friendly team members will be happy to oblige.

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