For some our homes are our castle, for others our nest.
The latest statistics tell us that the average house costs over £230,000 pounds. That is not a small amount of money by anybody’s standards, so, your house really does need to be worth that kind of financial commitment. Nice decor, good functionality, practicality and great accessories and technology all combine to make a home really enjoyable to live in. But what about the basics? Or rather, what about a really basic level of comfort that is often overlooked, until the seasons come and go and issues become really apparent.
That’s right, we are talking about the temperature of the house. Just think about it, how many times have you snuggled up on the sofa only to find you’re getting a horrible draft from under the door. Or you have gone to spend time in the conservatory only to feel like a sea sponge being dried out under a heat lamp as the sun burns onto you and the soaring temperatures in there become too much to bear.
Problems with temperature regulation in the home can have a huge effect on the comfort and practicality of it, reducing your enjoyment of the space and even rendering some areas unusable at certain times of the year.
These tips will help you get the temperature much more level and easy to control in your home, so you don’t have to sweat or shiver in the place you should feel the most comfortable compared to anywhere else:
Tiles With Underfloor Heating
Tiling for the floor in the UK is usually left to the bathroom or the kitchen, but why not other areas of the home to? In summer, they provide a lovely cool underfoot feel and don’t store any heat. In winter you can utilise underfloor heating and perhaps some rugs for a cosier foot feel and a more space-efficient way to heat your home too (no more bulky radiators!). It’s a modern way to floor a home and it could be a really simple and easy way to regulate the temperature in specific rooms.
Get Smart With The Roof Of Your Conservatory
Conservatories are renowned for being extreme in their temperature. Either too hot or too cold, to the point where you wonder why you ever bothered spending so much adding it to your home. There are some solutions you can try such as special window coverings, blinds, curtains, air conditioning units and heaters. The problem is, the temperature can be so extreme in these small contained spaces that smaller solutions don’t really do the trick.
One really innovative and modern solution for temperature extremes in your conservatory is a special conservatory roof replacement such as these examples from Leka Systems, which are designed to prevent the issues with temperature commonly associated with this kind of space. It might seem a bigger change compared to a fan or new blinds, but it is more substantial in the way it improves your use of an incredible space within your home.
Have You Considered A Thermostat?
Thermostats and thermostatic valves for the radiators can help you have better control over the temperature in your home. Rather than putting the heating on at a general temperature and hoping it works (and possibly then paying loads more money in your bills) thermostats offer a more regulated environment. The Energy Savings Trust has a really useful guide to controlling the heating system in your home, which you can view here.
Deal With The Draughts
Draughts may not seem like they would be a huge issue until you find they ruin the cosiness of your favourite room, and the whole family battle it out for the sofa that isn’t near the draughty spot. Draughts can also suck up all the heating from a room, giving you much less control over the temperature in there. Take a look at this handy Energy Savings Trust article on tackling draughts for easy tips to deal with this problem at home.
Stay On Top Of Curtains And Blind Usage
Curtains and blinds can be very useful with temperature regulation in the home because sunlight brings warmth and heat. So if you keep your curtains and blinds shut in a room that you want to keep cool, you will protect the cool air in there to some degree. In a bedroom, you will find heat from downstairs still rises and your house will warm on a hot day but, you’ll decrease the effects of the sunshine by closing your curtains or blinds. The same goes in Winter when you might naturally want to keep your curtains or blinds closed for insulation when actually opening them when the sun is shining means the natural warmth from the sun can add heating to the room. Curtains and blinds are a very simple form of light and temperature regulation for a home. You can find inspiration on choosing the right blinds for your home in this handy Country Living article.
You can be like a thermometer, just reflecting the world around you. Or you can be a thermostat, one of those people who sets the temperature. – Cory Booker
There are more ways than most people realise, to maintain the temperature of their home during every season. You don’t have to feel uncomfortably hot or cold, and you often don’t have to spend a lot to fix problems that might be causing temperature issues either. Do some research, try simple tips and consider advanced innovations too, because there will be solutions to make your home more comfortable. With the right adjustments and additions, you can decide whether your home is blowing hot and cold.