Cold room? Here’s how you can warm it up
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Winters in Kent may be magical, but they can also be incredibly cold. And when there’s that one room in the house where the temperature never gets pleasant enough and you can’t spend more than five minutes without getting ice-cold hands, you’re going to want to do something about it.
As weird as it might be that one area feels colder when the temperature in the rest of the house is just fine, it’s not some supernatural phenomenon giving you the chills. There’s always a reason for it and, with these tricks, you can make the room warmer without raising the thermostat (and the bills with it).
First thing’s first: make sure the heating system is working properly
Room temperature can be lower when something’s wrong with the radiator. For example, if your radiator is hot at the top but lukewarm or cold at the bottom, there may be air trapped inside it and this causes cold patches. Fortunately, this is a simple problem to fix and it only requires you to bleed the radiator, which can be done without an expert’s help. If that doesn’t work, try purging the radiator because there might be a jammed valve spindle. And if after these steps your radiator doesn’t heat up properly, you should contact your boiler cover provider so they look closer into the problem. Click here to find out about the most common boiler malfunctions and how to protect your heating system.
Cover cracks around windows and doors
Homeowners often overlook the tiny cracks around windows and doors, but, minuscule as they may be, they can still drop the temperature inside by a few degrees by allowing the heat change to occur. Besides, they create the perfect environment for mould and harmful bacteria, and you don’t want the room to be even more comfortable. If you haven’t done so already, consider insulating the entire home, because it’s one of the best investments you could make for your home, wallet, and health. But winter isn’t the best season for home improvement projects, so, in the meantime, you can try short-term solutions such as glazing putties or placing a blanket around the cracked sills. After you insulate your home, you might also want to consider replacing the windows and doors with energy-saving alternatives, which seal perfectly and help you keep a constant temperature inside.
Use layers on your bed
Even if the temperature inside the room is at decent levels, it may appear to be colder because you’re still using your summer bed sheets. Fabrics like percale and satin are perfect for hot summer nights but in winter, they’ll make you cold. Swap them for cotton or fleece, use layers of thick, warm blankets or invest in a good winter duvet made of hollowfibre. If you have a leather sofa in the room, add a textile cover or some throws to make it warmer. Add a few cushions into the landscape and say goodbye to chilly winter nights!
Hang up thick curtains
Did you know that temperature transfers through the glass if you don’t have energy-saving windows? And those generic window blinds and sheer curtains won’t do much to protect you. Switch to thick curtains instead. They’ll act as an extra layer of protection between you and the cold, and you won’t have to wrap yourself in a wool cardigan to deal with the cold. Besides, thick curtains are an all-round good investment because in summer they keep the heat out too!
Invest in an area rug
Hard floors may be stylish, but they’re definitely not warm. And if your feet are cold, it doesn’t matter that the thermometer shows a comfy 21 degrees, you’ll still be chilly. Unless you’re ready to switch to underfloor heating, do yourself a favour and place an area rug in the middle of the room to add to the floor insulation. Alternatively, you can place two shaggy carpets on both sides of the bed so you don’t feel cold when you get out of bed in the morning. This also adds a bit more cosiness to the place, giving you that warm, fuzzy feeling.
Empty rooms are always colder
Did you renovate your room recently and you didn’t have time to add more than basic furniture? Well then, expect it to be colder. It may seem a bit odd, but it’s a simple climatic principle. Air heats and cools faster than objects, but it doesn’t retain the temperature. Furniture, curtains, clothes, and decorations absorb heat and then re-radiate it into the air, making it warmer. For this reason, energy companies advise homeowners not to place the thermostat in an emptier room: it will heat up faster, but the other rooms won’t have time to get warm, the ambient temperature will never be constant, and the heating system will constantly have to overcompensate. Adding a few more objects into the room won’t just make it feel more homely and personal, but also end this vicious energy cycle, helping you cut down on bills.
The colours of your interiors matter more than you think
Here’s a fun fact: did you know that our perception of the temperature in the room is created by all five senses? So, you may not technically “feel” cold and the thermostat might contradict you, but something else in the room gives that cool feeling. Scents, for example, can be warm or cold. That’s why you’d rather light a vanilla pumpkin scented candle in winter, not in summer. It’s the same for colours. White, pink, green, and blue look colder and if there already are other factors that lower the temperature, then that will affect your comfort. Light and cool shades also absorb less energy from the sun and give you about 35% less heat compared to darker shades, like navy and brown. It’s similar to white cars, which stay cooler in summer. So, whether you’re up for repainting your walls or just buying darker bedsheets and decorations, switching to a darker colour scheme in winter can help you raise the temperature by a few degrees.