C&G’s Guide to Warming Up Your Home in Winter

With temperatures dropping to almost zero during the night, it can be difficult to get warm in Melbourne’s winter. In today’s blog, C&G share our favourite ways to get cosy at home in the colder months. 

1.    Choose The Right Blanket – Not The Fluffiest!

Not all blankets were created equal – if you’re using one at night, the trick is to lay it out underneath your doona, not on top. While throwing it on top of your doona may look stylish, it’s least effective at preserving heat in bed. By layering it beneath the quilt, you trap in heat ready for when you go to sleep. Opt for a blanket made from natural fibres like bamboo, wool or cotton. These materials will help regulate your body temperature for a peaceful night’s sleep.

2.    Go Electric And Never Look Back

Beware of fire risks and only use electric blankets and quilts in a controlled environment. Turn on an hour before bedtime to heat up your bed - but make sure you turn it off before you close your eyes!

3.    Lock Out The Cold

If you’re using a portable heater in one room, make the most of the heat by closing all the doors and trapping in the warmth. Heaters can use a lot of electricity, so reducing heat loss not only keeps you cosy, but keeps your bills in check. You can also avoid heat escaping under doors by using ‘door snakes’ or blocking cracks with rolled up blankets.

4.    Ventilate, Ventilate, Ventilate 

When artificially heating your home in winter, it’s important to properly ventilate your rooms to avoid moisture build-up. Excess moisture in warm, damp conditions is the prime environment for mould growth, so try to let some fresh air in at least once a day, and always use extractor fans in the kitchen and bathroom.

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