The clocks are due to go back on October 30th so it’s time to wave goodbye to British Summer Time for another year and ready ourselves for Greenwich Mean Time. Who’s looking forward to shorter days and longer nights? Well, it certainly seems as though many of you out there are looking forward to hibernation this winter, with 59 per cent saying the best way to spend a winter’s evening is to sit on the sofa with a drink and a snack, watching lots of catch-up TV.
Research from Gocompare.com has found that 51 per cent of people are looking forward to spending time with family and 34 per cent are keen to spend the winter with their friends. With the weather getting colder, it’s probably not a massive surprise that nights out on the town are falling out of favour at the moment as people look to stay warm and snug inside.
The price comparison site’s Matt Sanders said: “Shorter daylight hours and cold weather can have a negative impact on our mood, energy levels and motivation during winter, so it’s unsurprising that many people feel like hibernating. But long periods of physical inactivity coupled with bad eating habits can have a detrimental impact on our health as well as our waistlines.”
So as tempting as it might be to stay inside and bunker down for the winter, make sure you do head out and try and get some exercise to help banish the winter blues. That said, we know you’ll be spending more and more time inside as the winter carries on so to help make sure that you and your family are as comfortable as possible indoors this year, have a quick look around your house now to see if there are any quick home improvements that can be made so you all stay as snug as bugs in rugs.
One of the quickest ways of letting heat escape your house is by having single glazing, or faulty double glazing. The more heat escapes, the higher the thermostat will go – which will in turn see your energy bills increase. If you do intend on spending a lot of time at home this winter, then you’d certainly be wise to make sure your house if properly insulated so you can keep warm without spending all your hard-earned money.
Here at Malbern Windows, we’ve installed more than a quarter of a million UPVC windows across the north-west and the new windows we have on over come with bevelled edges, so they look slimmer and neater than the more traditional products out there – so you’ll be able to enjoy a warmer home and a more contemporary looking house. Get in touch with us today if you want to make your house warmer and more energy efficient.
There are other ways you can boost the energy efficiency of your property, not just double glazing. For example, you could put foil behind your radiator to help cut heat loss, or you could use a bit of felted wool in your chimney to stop warm air from escaping. All it takes is a little bit of effort on your part and you’ll be able to enjoy the winter at home far more than if you simply sit back and hope for the best.