6 ways to make your home feel warm and cozy this winter
If you want your home to feel warm and inviting but don’t know how to go about it achieving it – fear not. There are lots of things you can do to transform your property into a space that you can’t wait to come home to, especially when the colder weather makes an appearance.
Here are 6 ways to make your home feel warm and cozy this winter.
Add a feature fireplace
Having a fireplace doesn’t mean you have to have a chimney. There are a host of gas and electric fires that can be easily fitted and require no chimney at all. A fireplace will not only add a focal point to your room but will also help to create a space that you cannot wait to snuggle up in. If you already have a fireplace but haven’t used it in years, it’s a good idea to have it swept out and checked over before you start using it again.
Another lovely option that exudes lots of radiant heat is a wood-burning stove. They come in a variety of styles, so regardless of whether you live in a period mansion or a modern villa, you should find something to suit.
Windows and window dressings
If your windows are leaking or draughty, consider having them fixed or replaced. Not only can they let in lots of cold air, but, if left unattended, may cause long term issues to the structure of your home.
Another way to make your room feel and look warmer is to add thermal lined curtains to your windows. The thermal lining will keep the heat in and the cold air out, so although they might cost a bit more, they are a worthwhile expense.
Be prepared for power cuts
This is particularly important if you live in an area that is susceptible to heavy snow and winds. Inclement weather can cause issues with power lines and lead to power being shut off entirely. This can result in you being without heat and power for some time, which obviously isn’t ideal and certainly won’t help you create a warm and cozy living space.
One way to ensure that this doesn’t happen is to have solar panels with a battery back up installed. A battery back up means that even in the harshest of conditions, your home will continue to heat, and power will be maintained. If you already have solar panels installed and are interested in having a back up system fitted, talk to a specialist in home battery back up who will talk you through the requirements and costs.
Insulate your home
Around a quarter of all heat is lost through the roof, so if you haven’t already done so, insulate your loft. Loft insulation will keep heat in your home for longer and will work as a barrier so that any cold air that comes in through your roof is less likely to escape into your habitable space.
Insulation usually comes in pre-cut rolls so it can be fitted quickly and easily in between your roof joists – just remember to wear gloves to protect your hands from the fibers.
Cavity wall insulation is another great way to keep your home warm and inviting. If, however, your property is very old, it may not be possible, so you should consult a specialist before starting any work. Cavity wall insulation effectively fills the gaps between your outer and inner walls and thus minimizes heat loss. Most new homes will already have cavity wall insulation installed, but if yours doesn’t, you may be able to have this done retrospectively.
Decorate using warm and inviting tones
The way you decorate your home can completely change how it feels. Light blue or white décor can make a room feel cold whereas reds, plums, and navy blues can instantly make a room feel cozy and warm.
If you intend to give your room a revamp but aren’t sure which colors to go with, there are apps available where you can upload a photo of your room and see what your walls will look like in a variety of different colors. It’s a great way of finding a color that works without the expense of buying what could be the wrong paint shade.
Soft furnishings are another way to add warmth to a room. A range of different textures can add a feeling of coziness and luxury. Velvets, in particular, are a great fabric to use for cushions and curtains and faux fur is another great way to add a feeling of richness to a room. Play around with different materials and colors until you find a style that suits you.
Have your boiler serviced regularly
During winter, it’s essential that our homes are heated, not only for our comfort and to keep us warm, but to reduce the risks of our pipes freezing. That is why you must have your boiler maintained and serviced regularly. At least once a year, arrange for a specialist engineer to visit your property and carry out a service. They will check that all the parts are working as they should and that your boiler is in good order. If you don’t already have it, boiler care cover is worth looking into. For a small premium each month, you can choose from various packages which will cover your heating and hot water should any future issues arise.
If your boiler is very old, it may not be working as efficiently as it should be. This can mean that your boiler needs to work extra hard to heat your home. If you are experiencing regular issues with your boiler or find you are regularly shelling out for costly parts, it could be time to have it replaced. A new boiler will not only reduce your monthly heating bills but will give you peace of mind that your home will remain warm and cozy throughout the year.