Of course, you should think about how to make your private house as warm as possible even at the construction stage, choosing materials and technologies. But, if you live in an old house or apartment, a lot of money is needed for global insulation. For example, even insulating a facade with foam plastic with your own hands will require material costs and will take a lot of time and effort..
If there is no money or time for global insulation of a house or apartment, this does not mean at all that you need to put up with an uncomfortable temperature and do nothing. Here are some simple ways to make your home a little warmer and more comfortable with a minimum of cost:
- Attention to the windows! They account for a substantial part of the heat loss of the entire house or apartment. Of course, the best option is to replace the windows with new, three-chamber energy-saving double-glazed windows. But you can work with old windows as well. Wooden frames, using a time-tested method, can be insulated using ordinary paper or textile tapes and paste. Even better, use an inexpensive sealant to go through all the cracks. Check the seals in PVC windows and replace if necessary. Use a special thermal film on the windows or stick the simplest packaging film on the double-sided tape. In a private house, you can completely tighten the old windows outside with polyethylene, but then there will be a problem with ventilation and views of the surroundings;
- To finish with windows is the second tip. During the day, be sure to raise the blinds, roller shutters, open the curtains so that the room warms up naturally under the sun’s rays. But at night, you should completely curtain, close the windows. Some even cover them with a rug or an old blanket to avoid heat loss. Ugly, yes, but pretty practical. If you are not ready to take such measures, just replace light summer curtains with denser ones and pull them back at night;
- It is certainly advisable to replace the radiators if they already did not work well in the last heating season. But you can simply remove and rinse them, and also stick on reflectors such as aluminum foil. It is even better to use penofol or porilex with foil on the wall behind the radiators. This will reduce heat loss, which will reflect off the outer wall and remain inside the house;
- Many are skeptical about carpets, calling them dust collectors and an outdated piece of interior decor. But if your house or apartment does not have a floor heating system, then the carpet will come in handy in the first cool days as never before. Agree, it will be much more pleasant to step with bare feet on a warm and fluffy rug, crawling out from under the blanket. And you will have to worry less about children playing on the floor;
- Buy a heater. Let the simplest and most inexpensive, for example, a small fan heater. There are also convectors, oil radiators, infrared heaters … The choice is great. Even one such electric heater will help you feel comfortable if, for example, until you turn on the central heating or there is a need to additionally heat a separate room;
- You can additionally heat an apartment or house just in the course of your daily activities. For example, baking pies in the oven – don’t close the kitchen door. The warmth and pleasant aroma of baked goods will spread throughout the rooms. Or while taking a bath, do not close the door either (if possible). And warm steam will heat up the corridor;
- Nice, pleasant, warm little things. They help to create a cozy and comfortable atmosphere in the house. Slippers, candles, aroma lamps, a cozy soft blanket, a comfortable, squeezed-out armchair, a sofa with assorted pillows, a favorite book or movie, a cup of fragrant steaming tea and a purring cat … It is these little things that can help us cope with the autumn blues and understand – cold is not so bad, winter has its own charms, and only a little bit is left until summer! Remember the hygge, because it is not so difficult to create an interior with the philosophy of happiness..
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