Your home is a place to feel comfortable and relaxed- when you come home after a long day chances are all you want to do is kick off your shoes and chill out. But during the depths of both winter and summer, the weather can make it difficult to do that. There’s nothing worse than being either too warm or too cold, but thankfully there are changes you can make to keep your home and yourself at the right temperature all year round.
Install Efficient Air Conditioning
For some places in the world, air conditioning is absolutely crucial to be able to comfortably live. In fact, there’s even help out there such as the HVAC Hero Program to make sure the people who need it are able to afford air conditioning. However even if you’re in a place which only gets hot in the depths of summer, it’s still worth having a system installed. Heat waves can be pretty brutal, have you ever sat at home with all of the windows open and fans blowing warm air- around feeling positively uncomfortable? Have you lost sleep at night, laying star shape on the bed feeling hot and sticky? It’s actually extremely difficult to drift off to sleep when your body is too warm, since it needs to drop in temperature to initiate sleep. Get a good system installed, you’ll thank yourself for it when the weather warms up!
Revamp Your Central Heating
On the flip side to air conditioning, you also need a good heating system for when the weather is cold. If your radiators are as old as your house, it might be time to upgrade. Newer radiator styles put heat back into the room more efficiently, plus these days you have a much wider choice than simple panel radiators. In the kitchen and bathroom, you could go for a heated towel rail which also doubles up as a radiator. You could install tall column radiators in some areas rather than take up a whole wall with a traditional one. You can buy these from any DIY store and have a plumber come and connect them up.
Have Blackout Blinds and Curtains Fitted
Not only are blackout blinds practical in that they block out the light (perfect for when you’re trying to sleep or watching tv) but they can also help to control the temperature too. When the sun is beating down in the summer, having the blinds closed will prevent the room from heating up too much. Then in winter, thick blackout curtains will block out the harsh winter sun and can also prevent drafts blowing through from around the window too. So good window treatments are something that will benefit you all year round.
Insulate The Loft and Walls
A well-insulated home helps to save the environment as you burn fewer fossil fuels, which also saves you on your fuel bills too. It’s also one of the best ways to keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer. When it’s sunny, an insulated home prevents the heat from penetrating and warming it up. In winter it means when you’re using the heating it’s not just escaping through the walls and attic. There are often government schemes and grants available, so it’s worth checking and seeing if there’s any help in your area for this.