Winter is in full swing, and keeping the house warm is essential whether you are a tenant or a landlord looking after a property.

The following guide from Compare My Move will help you keep the house warm during these colder months with minimal effort.

Let the Light In

This might seem obvious, but you should keep your window shades and curtains open during the day so that the natural sunlight heats up the house. As soon as the sun starts to set, close them to retain the heat.

Use Rugs and Carpets

Putting rugs and carpets in the rooms is an easy way to keep the house warm. Not only will the house (and your feet!) be warmer, but it also makes the house look homely and comfortable to potential tenants.

Use Tin Foil

Radiators often lose heat through external walls. To tackle this, use reflective aluminium foil behind the radiator. The foil prevents the heat from escaping through the wall and instead, reflects is back into the room. You can buy foil specifically for this purpose for less than £10, or use ordinary kitchen foil, though it won't have the same effect.

Don't Block Radiators

Rearranging your furniture every so often is fun, but make sure your sofa or any other piece of furniture isn't blocking your radiators during the colder months. Radiators need to be exposed so your room can get as much heat as possible.

Put the Heating On

No one likes heating bills and of course you want to save money, but to protect your property from damp and condensation, you should have the heating on a minimum of 15 degrees. It doesn't necessarily have to be on all day, so set a timer for it to be on when you wake up and at night time.

If you are a landlord, remind your tenants to do this throughout the winter, as if damp or mould forms, it is their responsibility.

Battle the Draught

Heat often escapes through the cracks and gaps between your door and floor, as well as the letterbox. Using draught excluders will stop this happening. You can even DIY your own excluders, by stuffing an old pair of tights with socks and wedging it into the gaps.

Use Thick Curtains

Thick curtains can make a huge difference to how warm the house feels. Heat is often lost through windows, and thick curtains prevent this happening. If you are worried about the price, you don't even need to buy brand new curtains; simply line your existing ones with materials like cheap fleece.

Double Glazing

Another way to keep heat in is through double glazed windows. Not only that, but double glazing also blocks outside noise, so you can enjoy some peace and quiet inside the house. Keep in mind, if the property is old, double glazing could end up trapping moisture and lead to damp. If it is an old property, you will be better off using thick curtains instead.

Make sure you are prepared for the cold by following our tips. Living in a warm house is more enjoyable, and if you are a landlord, will mean you have happier tenants. It doesn't take much effort, and you don't need to spend too much to do it.

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