What’s your definition of the ideal home? For a lot of people, the perfect nest offers protection for their family, a welcoming and relaxing interior decor, and a sense of warmth. Home is the place that keeps us warm, from the cold weather and as an emotional space for us to let go of our everyday stress.
Home should be full of physical and emotional warmth.
The creation of warmth in a house takes a three pronged approach, and it’s one that can save you money and allow you to splurge on some new throws!
Here’s how to feel protected from the external elements, whether they are physical or psychological.
#1. The most obvious answer: Your energy supplier
Let’s start with the first and more logical answer: Warmth comes directly from your energy supplier. Unfortunately, when it comes to energy suppliers, being a loyal customer isn’t rewarded with discounted prices. In fact, you might have even noticed an increase in your energy bill during the last year, as most energy suppliers unfroze their fees.
In other words, you’re paying more, but you’re probably not getting warmer through the process. Now is a great time to outsource switching energy supplier, using Look After My Bills service if you don’t want to compare every single company on the market manually. The service makes a note of when you are due to switch so you never have to worry about being overcharged again.
I saved £127 straight away on my electricity bill by switching, which could go towards warming up my home with approaches 2 and 3…
#2. Homogeneously warm
Changing energy supplier means merely that you can control how much you spend for your warmth. However, you can’t control the effectiveness of your heating system at home. UK homes are among the less energy-efficient dwellings in Europe with over 19 million homes with poor levels of energy performance as a result of the ratio of energy consumed vs result.
Ineffective insulation and old structures make it difficult to keep rooms warm. You could consider the installation of infrared heating solutions to ensure a homogeneous spread of heated air inside your home. It’s ideal for areas that are difficult to reach via traditional radiators.
#3. Your interior design can warm you up
Decor is an extension of our personality. Friendly decor adds a sense of emotional warmth to your home, whether it is a lamp with a sense of humour, ornaments that tell a story or history, cheerful colours, bright flowers and lush plants or images and paintings that transport us to sun drenched places.
You can also use your interior design as a way to combat cold. Using warm colours naturally warms a room up without turning up the heating. Additionally, a layered interior, with textured walls, upholstery and graphics can bring variety and warmth to a cosy decor. When we finally added curtains, bedding, rugs, cushions and throws to our holiday let I was amazed at the difference it made to the temperature, both real and imagined!
Take some time to save money on your bills and then invest in insulation and interiors to really up the temperature of your home.
What’s really warmed your home up this winter?