Utopia    Guest Blog 22 Aug 2017
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It’s only August, but it’s never too early to make your home autumn-ready… here’s how

Though we’re technically still embracing the great British summer time, today’s weather is teaching us that it’s never too early to start thinking about making your home set for autumn and even (dare I say it) winter!

 

We’ve spoken to Jayson Branch, style guru and Creative Director of Castrads, to discover the subtle tweaks that will ensure your home suits the changing seasons and keeps warm and cosy all year round…

 

Make the most of your fireplace

If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace, there’s nothing better than sitting in front of a warm fire on a chilly night and relaxing. However, they can be a major source of heat loss for a house.

 

Households lose around 4 percent of total heat up the chimney. If you’ve got a chimney but don’t light the fire, consider using a chimney block to prevent hot air escaping upwards and cold draughts sweeping down.

 

Curtains aren’t just for comfort 

Curtains add a touch of style and elegance to your interiors and a welcome splash of colour in the darker, winter months. However, they also act as a practical way of limiting up to 20 percent of your home’s heat loss through windows.

 

As well as this, make sure the curtains on the south and west sides of your house are kept open during the day to take advantage of any low winter sun.

 

Cold floors no more

Old, worn-out and damaged carpet is not only an eyesore, it also means cold feet and freezing nights as floors can account for as much as ten percent of heat loss when not insulated. New carpet will add a welcome layer of insulation – and with so many colours and textures to choose from, it also gives homeowners the opportunity to inject more character into their living spaces.

 

If you don’t have the cash to splash out on brand new carpets before Christmas, putting down a rug over bare wood or stone floors can help with heat lost through the floors – and make your interiors cosy and stylish for the winter months.

 

Rearrange the living room

It might feel great to have your favourite seat in front of the warm radiator, but it’s absorbing heat that could be warming your home. Wherever you choose to place your radiator, try not to position large items of furniture in front of it, as doing so will restrict the flow of hot air around the room.

 

Keep the immediate area surrounding the radiator as open as possible to allow the heat to permeate the room efficiently. It’s worth considering putting up a shelf above your radiator as this will help disperse the hot air, preventing it from rising directly above.

 

Make your radiators as efficient as possible

Installing thermostatic radiator valves will help to eliminate wasteful heating and can regulate the temperature throughout a house. Thermostatic valves work by automatically turning off a radiator when the room reaches a given temperature. This will allow naturally cooler rooms to heat for longer than a well-insulated room, which will stop heat being wasted.

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