The low temperatures of winter can now be felt as the shorter days are upon us. It is normal to want to enjoy warmth and comfort in your own home, but there are many factors that can influence the ability of your house to retain heat.

These factors will not just lead to you feeling cold and uncomfortable in your own home, but will also drive up costs related to heating.   If you feel drafts in certain parts of the house, you are probably unwittingly allowing warmth to escape and inviting cold air in. In order to identify potential problems and make sure you’ll stay warm in your home this winter, take a look at some of the possible causes.

Badly Fitted Doors

Entrance doors in the home can lose their shape in time due to the fact that the door is constantly exposed to the Irish weather. Even if your doors are not that old, it is worth checking if they are well fitted. A door that doesn’t sit well in its place will allow cold air to get inside the house.

Warmth Escaping

These gaps can be small imperfections around the threshold at the entrance in the house, around the window sills, or around the area where vents exit your house. Check all the vulnerable parts of the house and see if there’s the need to cover any gaps to prevent warmth from escaping.

Block the Draft

During the cold season, heavy curtains are useful in keeping warmth on the inside and preventing cold air from getting in. When you get close to a window you can feel that the air is cooler, this is where thick curtains can help.  If the curtains are still not doing their job, perhaps it is time to think about replacing the windows to solve the issue. 

Investing in triple-glazing windows

The windows of a home are usually responsible when it comes to insulation breaches. If you want to make sure that your home becomes more effective at retaining heat, you need to consider investing in better windows. Triple-glazed windows have a much higher degree of insulation and will help you save energy.  Although the initial installation costs may seem daunting, you will quickly see the advantages in smaller energy bills month after month.

Install a Thermostat

Most people think that if they heat their homes at night only, they will save money on energy. That’s a wrong approach, as it is better to maintain a constant temperature inside the house instead of turning on the heat only at certain times of the day.  A thermostat will help you maintain a constant level of warmth inside the house, avoiding fluctuations and making it feel more comfortable.

Insulation Matters

An uninsulated attic can allow large amounts of heat to escape, especially since warm air will always go up. The same can happen in the case of empty cavities in the walls of your house. Filling these empty spaces with insulation will keep the warm air on the inside, instead of allowing it to escape.

Wrap Up Warm

It is winter, after all, so it makes sense to wear warm clothes inside the house as well. A healthy temperature inside a home is around 21 to 22 degrees Celsius. If you still feel cold at this temperature, put a warm jumper on instead of increasing the temperature.   

On a winter night nothing beats being inside in a warm comfortable home relaxing in front of a fire.  Don’t let your comfort suffer when you can easily solve it.  If you are thinking of installing new windows or doors, speak to the friendly team at Global for a free no obligation quote.