Summer is only just drawing to a close, but winter will be here before we know it, bringing plummeting temperatures, early morning frosts and perhaps even some snow. Many people dread the cold, dark evenings, but if you’re home is warm and cosy then they can be rather enjoyable.
Keeping your home cosy doesn’t have to break the bank either and there are many ways you can do so without having the heating on full blast. If you’re looking for affordable ways to give your home a makeover and ensure it stays cosy and warm, read on for our top tips.
Add draught excluders
Gaps under doors are one of the fastest ways for hot air to escape, so seal in the heat with some sausage shaped draught excluders. These can be bought from many high street shops or you can even make your own. You’ll need some fabric, an old pair of tights and some stuffing material (bean bag balls, rice or even lentils will do).
Adds rugs, cushions and throws in cosy textures like velvet, wool and fake fur to inject some instant warmth into a room. An eclectic mix of cushions or a colourful rug are also affordable ways to update areas like the living room or bedroom and it’ll ensure that you stay snug when the nights draw in.
A softly lit room is always cosier than harsh, overhead lighting, so ditch bright ceiling lights in favour of lamps or even just candles. You could install a dimmer switch for a more permanent solution, or add table lamps in strategic areas to create the perfect warm glow.
Add an open fire
This option is more expensive and time consuming, but there’s nothing cosier than curling up in front of an open fire. There are many different options to choose from, from gas or electric fires to a wood burner, and they don’t have to cost a fortune. Speak to your local gas engineer to find out which option would be the most suitable and to get a rough price estimate.
It’s hard to stay cosy if your heating system isn’t up to scratch, so if you’re in need of installation, repairs or maintenance for your domestic heating system, get in touch with the experts at T.B.Mackay Energy Services. Our professional gas engineers are all Gas Safe Registered for your peace of mind and we have everything you need to ensure your gas boiler is functioning as efficiently as possible. Whether you need an annual service or a brand new installation, we can help, so give us a call today or visit our website to find out more.