If you’re regularly sat at home dressed up like a snowman, it’s probably because your house is a little on the chilly side. Well, it’s either that or you enjoy sitting in your woollies with a carrot tied to your nose, but we are assuming the latter probably isn’t true!
If your home is cold, it’s important to consider why. This is especially true when you’re preparing your home for winter as if your house is cold during the warmer months, it will only get colder when temperatures drop outside.
Here are some common reasons for a chilly home, with a few suggestions as to how you can improve matters.
#1: Cold air is leaking in
You will know cold air is leaking in if you regularly feel a draught. You need to discover where the cold air is coming from and then seal any cracks and gaps.
Check window and door frames and if you feel a draught, seal any gaps with polyurethane caulk or a bead of acrylic. If the frames are damaged in any way, it might also be time to replace them, so contact a local professional or make repairs yourself.
It’s a good idea to replace any weatherstripping around your doors too, especially if your old weatherstripping is failing to do its job. You might also want to invest in a few draught excluders and other types of commercial seals that are designed for doors and windows.
#2: Your home isn’t very well insulated
If your home isn’t well insulated, the warm air from your heating will be escaping through the windows and to the top of your roof.
Thankfully, there are all kinds of ways to insulate your home.
For one thing, you could replace your windows, especially if they are old and single-glazed. Replace them with something more energy-efficient, such as these uPVC windows, as they will do a much better job of keeping your warm air in.
Loft insulation and cavity wall insulation are also worth considering as you will benefit from a much warmer home if you can budget for the renovation.
#3: Your central heating isn’t working
We should be thankful to whoever invented central heating, as it is a much better way of keeping a house warm than a single heating source. If you don’t have central heating in your home, this is definitely one upgrade that you should consider.
But if you do have central heating and your house is still cold, it’s important to work out why.
It could be because of the reasons we have mentioned already, as you won’t experience the benefits of central heating if there are structural problems in your home.
However, it might also be that your central heating is faulty. Here are some of the reasons why. If you suspect this is the case in your home, you should call on a professional as soon as you can.
Those are just some of the reasons why your home might be cold. We hope they were helpful to you, but if you suspect there are any other reasons for your chilly house, get help as soon as you can. You will benefit your health if you do and you will protect your home from the ravages of cold too.