Home improvement can feel like a massive task, especially in winter when it gets dark early and it’s freezing.
When one job is done, there’s always another one to add to your ever increasing list. But there are some jobs that you just can’t do in winter, and you’ll need to be organised, and get them done in plenty of time.
If you want your house to be damp free and warm all winter, then you should undertake some of these winter house improvements to keep your home in top condition.
Insulation is a need. Our house has shocking insulation, and is something on my winter house improvements list. At the moment, we’ve basically got shredded newspaper (or as Jay calls it, rat’s nest) in the walls and the loft. It doesn’t do its job very well. As soon as the heating goes off, the house is pretty much cold again within an hour.
But I can’t understand how the previous owners coped. When we bought the house, we boarded up 4 AIR VENTS. There were 3 in the living room and 2 in the kitchen. The downstairs must have been absolutely freezing. So we got rid of most of these vents straight away, leaving just 1 under the stairs in the living room.
Insulation is something that can be installed quite easily yourself. You can buy it in big rolls and cut it down and fill your loft up with it. But you’ll need goggles and a facemask, as it’s messy, unpleasant work. For this reason, it might be better to pay someone to do it. I
Having good insulation will save you money in the long run, so it’s a good investment. Other places to add insulation include hot water pipes and your boiler. This will keep your hot water warmer for longer.
If you don’t already, then you should consider getting double glazing. Me and Jay got lucky that our house was fitted with them just a few years before we bought it.
It makes a massive difference to how warm your house stays over the winter months and could save you money. Your house will instantly become more energy efficient, which is good for you and the planet.
If a particular room in your house gets a lot of sunlight in the winter, then you can use this to warm the house. You should open your curtains early to heat the room throughout the day.
However, it’s important that you close them when it starts to get dark and the outside temperature begins to drop. This will help to lock in the heat you have generated throughout the day. Consider getting some thermal curtains to hang in winter as these will do a better job of retaining heat than others.
After months of having cello-taped curtains hanging, I’m going curtain/blind shopping this weekend! Our large living room window has a big radiator underneath it, meaning full length curtains will block any heat. We’ve decided to go for a fabric blind that pulls down, and have fake curtains hanging around the window that don’t close.
If you have exposed floorboards, then you’ll be losing heat, especially if you live in an old house.
You don’t have to carpet your whole house, but a rug would come in handy. You’ll especially want to cover any floorboards in your lounge and bedroom as you’re likely to spend the most time in these rooms.
You can buy a rug that matches the current design of the room. If you want to, you could get a different one for summer and winter that are a different style and thickness.
Install An Extractor Fan In The Kitchen
A lot of homeowners still use an open window as the main way of removing steam during cooking. This is not a good solution, especially in winter.
In winter, you don’t want to let the cold in or the heat out, so opening a window isn’t a good idea.
If you don’t have an extractor fan, then you should get one installed. It’ll suck up all of the moisture produced while cooking and you won’t need to open the window any longer.
All of the doors in your house will contribute to locking in heat in their own way.
Your front and back doors are the first line of defence for your house when it comes to the cold. If you feel like your exterior doors are doing a poor job of keeping the heat in and the cold out, then consider getting them replaced. It’s a small change that could make a big difference.
Inside your house, your doors will help keep the warm air inside each specific room. For example, your bedroom door will help keep you warm at night. If you feel like these doors are not adequate, then again replacing them could prove to make a big difference for how well heated your house remains throughout the winter months.
You might also want to replace your doors if you feel like a change or they are starting to look old and tatty.
Fix or Replace Your Roof
Replacing your roof is one of the biggest winter house improvements, and an expensive one too. If you’ve noticed cracked tiles or feel like you are losing heat through your roof, then it could be a sign you need it fixing or replacing entirely.
This is definitely a job for a professional, no matter how skilled at DIY you are. They will be able to assess what the damage is, give you a quote and let you know in detail what improvements need to be completed.
The same principle will apply to any shingles or other kinds of roofing you have. Cracks or breaks can cause leaks, damp and other major issues for your house. Something you don’t want any time of year, but especially in winter!
Have you ever had these winter house improvements problems before, or have had them fixed in the past?
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