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  • 15th November 2011
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Warming up Your House; Winter Warmers from Big Yellow

Brrr! Winter sure is on its way! And with the rise of gas bills throughout, we’re all wondering how often we should turn our central heating on… So if you’re starting to feel the chill then check out Big Yellow’s winter warmers for some heated inspiration!

Warm up the feel of your home
Hardwood floors are a beautiful feature in anyone’s home, but they can make your feet feel a bit chilly. Why not consider a rug for your living room? It’s a cheap and easy option and will warm up the feel of your home – as well as keeping your feet warm! Adding fabric to any part of your home is a great option to give yourself that winter feeling. If a rug is too much then pillows or a throw are simple options to start off with

For those with a little more money why not consider changing the wall colour in your home. If you were thinking your living room could do with a little sprucing up anyway, why not change to autumn colours. This’ll warm up the feel of your home straight away.

Get rid of draughts
Research has found that draughts are the reason for 11% of a home’s heat loss through doors and windows. A simple and inexpensive way to stop this is a draught stopper. Placing a rolled up towel or a draught snake along the bottom of your front door can help stop the draught coming in, making your house warmer! There are a wide variety of very fashionable draught dodgers out there! Click here to check some of them out!

Insulation in the loft
One of the most effective ways to warm up your house this winter is to insulate your loft. Energy experts suggest a quarter of heat is lost through the roof in an uninsulated home. Insulation may initially seem like a costly job, but loft insulation is effective for at least 40 years, and is a great way to reduce your heating bills. If you’re thinking your loft is full of Christmas decorations, suitcases, or old clothes and there’s no way you’d be able to insulate your loft, why not consider clearing your loft and putting your things into storage? Big Yellow Self Storage offers this service for only £7 a week!

Upgrade your duvet
Duvets are not very expensive these days, if you’ve had your duvet for a number of years and can feel the winter chill during the night, have a look at a 15 tog (the highest rating available according to British Standards). If you really feel the cold, consider putting two of these together to really keep yourself warm or check out companies such as The Duvet Store who can fill your duvets even more, going above and beyond 15 tog!

Install a programmable thermostat
A programmable thermostat is a clock and thermostat in one designed to keep your home at a specific temperature for your chosen times of the day. As the Thermostat controls the boiler, it will switch off when the desired temperature has been reached, thus saving energy. This is a great way to not only keep your home warm this winter but also to reduce your bills as your heating won’t be constantly on! There are plenty of thermostat’s out there, click here to compare systems, ensuring you get the best deal for your home.

Open Your Curtains
Keep your curtains open during the day to allow the sunlight to enter and warm up your home. Close them at night to retain the heat. If you have blinds in your home instead of curtains, you may realise your home gets a little on the cold side in the evening. This is because blinds don’t really help with insulation. If this sounds like you, it may be an idea to put curtains on your Christmas list!

Have A Cupper!
The easiest way to warm up your home during these winter months is to keep yourself wrapped up and treat yourself to a hot drink or two. Keeping your body warm during the next few months is essential, especially if it snows like it did last year. Research suggests wearing multiple layers of clothing is more effective than wearing one thick layer, so throw a couple of t-shirts on underneath your jumper.

All of these winter warmer suggestions are simple yet effective ways of warming up your home this winter! If you additional this winter then have a look at Big Yellow Self Storage who offer this service from as little as £7 a week.