It seemed that only days ago you were sat in your back garden, soaking up the rays in during what felt like an endless summer. Now, you’re waking up to complete darkness outside, you’re dusting off the winter coat and cranking up the heater in your car. While predictable and inevitable, the change in seasons can take some people by surprise if they’re not prepared. Do yourself a favour this winter, and make sure your home is ready to face the chills, drafts and adverse weather conditions that this time of year brings.
Winter in Edinburgh can bring some particularly harsh weather, diving temperatures and strong winds. As it gets colder, your house is vulnerable to a host of issues that could cause temporary discomfort and in some cases, lasting damage. That is why it is important to ensure your home is properly guarded against the cold, by taking the steps necessary to secure it from the bitter winter and turning it into a cosy sanctuary for you and your family.
Insulate…Before it’s Too Late
Without adequate insulation, your home could be losing tons of heat, hiking up your energy bills as your struggle to keep your home heated and opening your house up to issues that come with drops in temperature. Where houses are not properly insulated, drafts can enter and you could face problems with damp or mould in certain parts of your home. Make sure your home is insulated by contacting a registered installer. The Energy Saving Trust has estimated that a detached house in Scotland could save up to £250 per year on energy bills by installing proper insulation, which is definitely worth the cost of having it installed.
Upgrade Your Windows & Doors
If your windows or doors are responsible for letting in drafts and allowing heat to escape, then it might be time to update them. Older doors and windows will be less effective in guarding against the cold and windy weather, particularly if they have worn seals or damaged opening and closing mechanisms. Windows and doors should come with an energy rating and at Edinburgh Glass, we recommend buying only those windows and doors with at least an A rating to ensure your home is adequately protected. UPVC windows and doors are particularly energy efficient and offer high levels of security performance.
Our range of high quality, energy efficient windows and doors are ideal for ensuring heat retention and come in a range of styles and finishes to suit your home. Visit our showroom today to view our extensive range. For windows in Edinburgh, visit Edinburgh Glass.
Invest in Double Glazing for Your Windows
According to the Energy Saving Trust, you could save you up to £100 per year on your energy bills by installing double glazing. Single glazed windows are simply not up to the job when it comes to preventing heat from escaping your home and stopping drafts from entering. For highly rated, energy efficient double glazing in Edinburgh, Edinburgh Glass & Glazing offers a first class domestic glazing service to customers throughout Edinburgh and the surrounding areas. We have over 30 years of experience providing customers with expert glazing services, helping them better insulate their homes and save money with our premium windows and glazing.
If you currently have double glazing, but you think it might need updating, contact Edinburgh Glass for replacement double glazing in Edinburgh. For example, if your windows are misted or you have a lot of condensation, this may be a signal that you need new double glazing. Contact us now for advice or to discuss your requirements.
When you’ve been out in the cold, the thought of heading back into a warm home is an appealing prospect. But arriving home to a cold house is not such a comforting notion. Fortunately, the introduction of the smart thermostat onto the market has made cold homes a thing of the past. With smart thermostats, you can programme your heating to different times and settings, monitor your energy use and turn your heating on and off remotely from your smartphone. Smart thermostats such as Hive and Nest are growing increasingly popular for their ease of use and convenience. No more forgetting to turn your heating off and spending tons on your energy bills and no more coming home to a cold house. Ideal for keeping your home warm this winter.
Other Tips & Tricks
As well as these effective strategies for keeping your home warm this winter and your energy bills low, here are some more inexpensive tips to help maximise the warmth of your home and keep cosy when it’s cold outside.
- Move furniture away from radiators to allow heat to flow freely
- Invest in some thicker curtains to add an additional layer of draft protection
- Consider buying an electric blanket for those cold winter nights
- Use draft excluders to stop heat from escaping under the front and back doors
Keeping your home warm and insulated this winter will be easy thanks to these handy tips. For more advice, visit our showroom and chat to a member of our friendly, helpful team. Make the most of this winter and ensure your home is a cosy, energy efficient paradise for you and your family.
Edinburgh Glass & Glazing has been serving customers across Edinburgh for over 30 years. Our friendly customer service and outstanding expertise is what helps make us one of the best glaziers in Edinburgh. For more information, visit our website or call us on 0131 334 6111.
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