Winter is fast approaching and it’s only a matter of time until you’re waking up to frozen windscreens, frosted windows and looking like Puff the Magic Dragon every time you exhale some air. Nobody likes to be cold. Outside it might be inevitable. You will get caught in the rain or mini blizzards. Public transport might leave you waiting in icy conditions. At the very least, you’ll have to face the trudge to your car from your place of work or from visiting friends and relatives. But you can easily keep your indoors cosy. So what’s the best way to keep snug as a bug in a rug at home this winter?
When should you turn your central heating on? Should you leave it on 24/7 as soon as the cold starts to bite? Or turn it on and off at regular intervals? What’s better: wet central heating systems or warm air systems? Will an electric blow heater do? Well, for a start, electric blow heaters are great temporary sources of heat. It’s always handy to have a few put away in case your main source of heat breaks down and a repairman can’t visit for a few hours. However, they won’t be sufficient when it comes to heating an entire home through the winter months. Every modern home should have some form of central heating system. Whether you opt for a wet system or a warm air system is up to personal preference. The wet system often proves to be most popular: it circulates warm to hot water through pipes which heat radiators in each room of your home. Warm air systems are sufficient but are relatively inefficient. Their popularity has declined since the sixties and seventies.
Open fires are a beautiful addition to any home. Whether wood or coal, the atmosphere created by a couple of burning logs or lumps of coal is unbeatable. You will feel comfy cosy as your room heats up and you bask in the glow of the flames. But should you opt for wood or coal fuelled open fires? If possible, opt for wood over coal. Coal is a non-renewable source and isn’t sustainable. It has to be mined and processed before it makes its way into your hands. Wood is relatively renewable and thus a much better option.
Stoves are a great alternative to the traditional open fire. You can get wood burning stoves that use logs or ones that are fuelled by wood pellets. There are also multi-fuel stoves which combine several sources of fuel. Are these a better option when it comes to heating your home? Well, they are definitely more environmentally friendly options and will still heat up your home effectively. They are more attractive than metal radiators and will give your living space a welcoming, rustic feel. Check out The Stove Centre for more information on stoves and to browse a beautiful range for your home.
For other ways to make your living area more comfortable and hospitable, check out our quick guide to improving ambience within your home.