Last updated: October 30, 2023
It won’t be too long until autumn is on the way out and a lot of us are already starting to feel the chill.
With the price of full home heating having risen significantly over the past few years, it’s time to look at how we can rely on that a little less, and creating a warm and cosy living room can be the perfect way to do just that.
Here, we’ll look at how you can create your own.
Watch out for air gaps
If your home is a victim of weak windows, then they’re going to do a lot to sabotage you, and are worth taking care of, as soon as possible. In some cases, it might be that you just have some air leaks, sucking the heat out of the home, and you can take the time to caulk them.
However, if they’re really letting out heat at an alarming rate, then it might be time to switch them up entirely. Buying new windows is not cheap, by any means, but the money you save from not relying on your heating as much is going to make a huge difference.
Focus on warming yourself up
Aside from doing what you can to create a warmer room, it might be better to focus on warming yourself up, too.
A lot of people make the move to drink warm drinks, and this can help you feel immediately better but those same drinks are going to go back down to room temperature inside the body very quickly.
A hot water bottle is much more effective, especially when combined with a good, insulating blanket to help you keep all the warmth locked in.
Switch to a real fire
Sometimes, the simpler, more traditional ways can be a lot wiser than using our modern whole-home heating systems.
Or, at least, using a modern version of those traditional methods might be wiser. Modern wood burning stoves are designed to be a lot more efficient than the fireplaces of the olden days, with more effective heat exchange, meaning you don’t have to keep them on as long to heat up the room effectively.
They’re also designed to be a lot easier to clean so they don’t come with as much of the upkeep as they used to.
Make good use of soft furnishings
One way to add a little insulating property to your windows is to switch out lighter window treatments like blinds for stronger ones, like heavier curtains.
In general, making good use of textiles in your living room can help it retain its warmth a lot better. This can include things like pillows and throws that you can put on your furniture, as well as rugs that can give you a soft, warmer surface to land your feet on.
Heating up the living room offers you a way to stay warm and comfortable through the winter without having to worry quite as much about sending your energy bills flying sky-high. What’s more, they can offer a real feeling of calm and comfort against those bleak, dark days.