Living Room: mediterranean Living room by TG Studio

How to keep your house warm: Simple hacks

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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Well, the colder weather is certainly drawing in and, as we sit here in our offices with jumpers firmly on, our thoughts have turned to heating our homes and how we can keep them warmer for longer, while spending less money. 

That might sound like a pipe dream but we've found a few ideas that can actually make it a reality! Taking inspiration from heating engineers, who are accustomed to helping clients get more from their heating, we compiled this brilliant list of ways to keep your home feeling warmer, without breaking the bank.

Get wrapped up and take a look!

1. Have your sofa facing a fire to get the maximum benefit and waste less heat

2. Keep curtains open during sunny days to draw natural heat inside

Green Retrofit, Lambourn Road: modern Living room by Granit Architects
Granit Architects

Green Retrofit, Lambourn Road

Granit Architects

3. Swap out summer cushions for warmer versions finished in brushed cotton, flannel and wool, which will hold heat better

4. Shut your curtains as the sun sets to trap in all the heat acquired during the day

5. Add draught excluders to doors. You can even use plastic strips to stop cold air coming in

Living Room: mediterranean Living room by TG Studio
TG Studio

Living Room

TG Studio

6. Set your radiators to super low in unused rooms to keep the edge off the cold without costing much

classic Living room by homify
homify

Chevron laid Ash Grey Flooring

homify

7. Rearrange furniture to ensure it's not in front of radiators or you'll be paying for nothing

8. Turn your thermostat down 1-2 degrees. You won't actually notice until your lower heating bill arrives!

Wickham House: modern Living room by C7 architects
C7 architects

Wickham House

C7 architects

9. Place tin foil behind radiators to radiate the heat out instead of letting the wall absorb it

Heath Cottage Living Room: modern Living room by Brown + Brown Architects
Brown + Brown Architects

Heath Cottage Living Room

Brown + Brown Architects

10. Add a few thick rugs to keep your feet warm as you walk around

11. Get snuggly in bed with extra throws and blankets and have the heating lower at night

Seagrass, Polzeath, Cornwall: modern Bedroom by The Bazeley Partnership
The Bazeley Partnership

Seagrass, Polzeath, Cornwall

The Bazeley Partnership

12. Bring in enough logs for the whole evening and next morning, then you won't need to open the door and let heat out

Alvhem Mäkleri & Interiör - cover photo: scandinavian Living room by Magdalena Kosidlo
Magdalena Kosidlo

Alvhem Mäkleri & Interiör—cover photo

Magdalena Kosidlo

13. Block unused chimneys to stop cold draughts

 Global Eclectic Style:  Living room by SB design Studio
SB design Studio

Global Eclectic Style

SB design Studio

14. Letterbox draughts can be pretty significant so add an interior brush back to keep the warm air in and the cold out

15. Put heated towel rails to good use so you don't need the heating on high when you get out of the shower

16. Worry about you instead of the room you're in. Add extra layers and curl up under blankets rather than relying on your heating

For more winter-ready tips, take a look at this Ideabook: Get Your Home Winter-Ready Right Now (And Feel Smug).

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Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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