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Keeping your house warm this winter

Keeping your house warm this winter

Temperatures have significantly dropped in Zambia signaling that winter is upon us. Here are a few tips on keeping your house warm this winter. These should help you make your property warmer this winter and chase the blues away.

The obvious thing for most people to do is to throw on several layers of clothing and cover up with a thick blanket. In addition, the majority of people switch on a heater and hope that will do the trick. However, using a heater will also raise your energy bill quite a bit. The trick is for you to find a balance between hearing your home and keeping the energy bill low. With these cheap tricks and hacks, you should be able to make some headway.

Make smarter use of curtains

A significant portion of your home’s heat is lost via glass windows and doors. One of your primary focuses should be to stop the flow of heat out of your windows. Switch to thick curtains to create a layer of insulation. Subsequently, you will be able to keep the warmth in your home. Moreover, you can acquire thermal curtains, which will protect you from chilly windows throughout this winter period.

Close cracks and gaps

Simply put the main focus is to block out draughts. Doors, windows, and cracks in the floor let in cold air, as well as allow warm air to escape. To fix this all you need to do is get gap filler and go over your home filling any cracks. In addition, you can use self-adhesive rubber seals around doors and windows to keep warm air in and the cold air out.

Let the sunshine in

One of the simplest and cheapest ways to warm your home is to let the sunshine in during the day. Consider leaving curtains and windows open the sides of the house that receive sunlight. This should probably be enough to keep your home warm throughout the day an well into the night. As you won’t need extra hearing at night, this trick will save you a lot of money in the long run. However, keeps blinds and curtains closed on the sides of the house that do not receive sunlight.

Cover up your bare floors

Cold air can also radiate from your floor. Cold air radiating from your bare floors accounts for significant heat loss in your home. A simple solution to this problem is to insulate the floor with warm rugs and carpets. Carpeting can tend to be quite expensive, making rugs a more cost-effective option. Just a few rugs here and there can drastically reduce heat loss. Remember that the thicker and fluffier the rugs the better.

Heat the person, not the house

Your main objective should be to keep people warm. This is best achieved by closing doors and windows and focusing heating efforts on smaller areas that people tend to spend the majority of time in. Whilst in these spaces, you and your family can cover up with warm clothing as well as thick blankets.

Making the right, cost-effective and efficient changes will keep you and your family warm throughout this winter. In addition, it can all be achieved on a budget without breaking the bank or adding to your energy bill.


Teddy Chibanguza

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