May means the start of colder days - although it seems to have gotten cold quite early this year! Though you might want to start cranking the thermostat higher and higher - there are a few tips that will help you keep your home warm during the chillier months.
Tip 1 - Sort Out Any Seal Leaks
Gaps or air leaks completely undermine the insulative ability of your windows and your home and account for as much as 25% of heat loss in your home. The easiest way to tell if your windows are leaking is to hold a small, lit piece of incense near the perimeter of your windows.
If the smoke from the incense starts to move erratically then you have a leak.
It’s also worth checking that both the internal and external seals are in good condition and push hard against each other when the window is closed.
Tip 2 - Make The Most of the Sun
In those magic winter moments when the sun is out - let it into your home! Open your curtains up to the eastern sun in the morning or the western sun in the afternoon and let it warm your home.
You can also use your home’s ‘thermal mass’ to slowly heat indoor spaces. Concrete tiles or bricks can slowly absorb and then release the sun's heat. The lower winter rays can penetrate these areas through the north-facing glass and heat your home for longer.
Tip 3 - Use Your Curtains
When the sun is behind the clouds or has set for the day - close your curtains. Well-fitting curtains are an excellent barrier to stop cold air from entering (and warm air escaping in summer).
As well as stopping cold air from coming into the house, this means that your heating will work more efficiently - keeping you warmer with lower power output and saving you money.
Tip 4 - Upgrade Your Single Pane Windows
Most single-pane windows aren’t effective at keeping the cold out of your home during the winter. If it is within your budget, consider installing windows with low-E coatings. Low-e coatings block certain rays from entering the home.
This means a warmer home for you in winter.
For ultimate home insulation, the gold standard is double glazed windows. These can improve your home efficiency by up to 40% and are guaranteed to make your home much warmer in winter.
If you’d like more information on how you can warm your home through the use of energy-efficient window options, please contact our team.
Or browse our range of windows and doors to keep your home warm through the chiller months.