In 2017 we spoke about various Scandinavian living concepts which include Mysa, Famntag Natur, Fika and Tila and most of all; Lagom, which was expected to take over cosy living Hygge.
Now that we have stepped into the coldest months of the year, Hygge is back on the scene with more people searching on Google each month as the cold kicks in. From home interior to food, hygge brings together all elements that are key to an enjoyable Winter with friends and family, starting with a cosy home.
Living in a cold home can affect our wellbeing and have a negative impact on everyone in different ways, it has been reported that 25 million existing homes in the UK do not meet the insulation standards at present.The implications of living in a cold home may lead to respiratory problems, poor quality sleep and the escalation of flu symptoms.
Homes with temperatures of below 16 degrees are more likely to experience heavier condensation which can lead to damp conditions and mould forming in your home. These microfungi produce allergens and in some cases, mycotoxins, which can cause a range of health problems.
Dr Richard Fitton, Lecturer in Energy Efficiency at the University of Salford gives us his tips and findings on how to achieve thermal comfort and maintain warmth at home.
1) Close your curtains and blinds at night. Drawing your window treatments shut can reduce heat transfer by a massive 30%.
2) Much higher rates of heat loss occur when a radiator is adjacent to the window, as is common in UK domestic heating systems. This should encourage people to use window coverings to keep the warmth in.
3) Both curtains and blinds are capable of making savings of between 11 and 21% in terms of how effective a material is at insulating from heat transfer. When the window is located above a radiator, then the savings can be between 27-29%.
4) To create the feeling of thermal comfort and cosiness, use window coverings to reduce the number of cold surfaces in the room.
Furthermore, Sheena Ankar, a British Gas engineer who services and repairs boilers advises, “Make sure all of your windows and doors seal properly to stop warm air escaping. For those that don’t, fitting draught excluders, which you can buy from most DIY stores, is a quick and cheap way to cut down on your energy bills. Adding a pair of curtains with a thermal lining can help to keep your home warmer too.”
Have a look at our range of thermal curtains or blinds, they might just be the cosy solution to a cold home.