For most people, winter means high utility bills to keep their living space warm. However, there are several things you can do to keep your living room warm while keeping the utility bill manageable. Here are our top 5 recommendations.
If there is a draft consistently coming into your living room, it will counteract any efforts to keep the room warm. Therefore, inspect your windows and door for any gaps, spaces, or cracks that could let in cold air.
One of the simplest methods of checking for drought in your doors and windows is by lighting a candle. First, close the doors and windows and walk near them with the lit candle. If there is drought, the candle flame will flicker or go off. Investigate further to establish the exact site of the air leak.
Take measures to draft-proof the living room. For instance, install weatherstrip or foam tape on the windows and doors. You could also install rigid foam insulation, oil strips, or window film.
Thermal insulated curtains are designed to minimize heat loss to the outside and to prevent cold air from getting into the living room. They are made of a poor heat conductor such as cotton, wool, or polyester. They also feature acrylic foam between the fabric layers to optimize insulation.
Radiator panels are quite efficient at keeping your living space warm. However, sometimes the heat can escape through the exterior wall or randomly bounce around. Installing radiator panel reflectors or tin foil redirects the heat into the living room. As such, a little heat produced by the radiator can go a long way.
Ensure to move furniture some distance away from the radiators. It helps the heat to spread throughout the living room without any obstruction.
There is a wide range of room heaters to choose from on the market. The most common types are infrared heaters and fan heaters. Soapstone heaters are also becoming quite popular.
Infrared heaters heat fast, use less energy, and are most suitable for small spaces. Fan heaters are better suited for larger spaces. However, they can be quite noisy. Soapstone heaters are energy-saving and radiate heat slowly keeping the room warm for longer.
Insulating the living room is a costly project, but one that will pay itself in value over time. Keep in mind that insulation is valuable both in the warm and cold seasons.
The best method of insulating your living room is dependent on its structure. You can choose between insulating the floor, walls, or ceiling. When it comes to wall insulation, choose between internal wall and external wall insulation. Consult and hire an experienced home insulation company to install insulation in your living room.
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