Composite door detailWith the cold weather set to continue across the UK, it’s important to know how to keep your house warm when the temperatures drop.

Here are five simple ways to keep your Home, mansion or apartment warm in wintertime without racking up extra bills.

Watch out for drafts

Even the smallest draft can cause the temperature inside the house to decline drastically when the weather is cold. Common homes for drafts to enter your mansion are underneath doorways, around windows (including between window panes and the frame ), according to British Gas. A simple towel or blanket laid at the paw of a doorway can avoid a draft coming through and keep the house warm. And tape along the leading edge of window panes can prevent those pesky drafts entering seemingly through the glass.

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Move furniture away from radiators

It might seem like the most logical behaviour to arrange your living room, but a couch right in front of a radiator is a really inefficient style of retaining heat. Continuing radiators free of blockages is the best way to ensure the heat dissipates as far as possible and keeps the house warm, according to This Old House. If the radiator is below a window, move curtains out of the way.

Close your curtains

While sunlight is a helpful( and free) behaviour to keep your house warm during the day, as soon as the sunshine goes down it’s a good idea to close your draperies to stop heat from getting lost, according to This Old House. If your curtains are thin, a blanket hoisted over a drapery railing can improve insulation if you don’t mind your mansion looking silly for a while.

Close doorways to chambers you’re not using

Heating oil company Petro recommends closing doors to create a “pocket of heat” in one room or to reduce the amount of space in your dwelling to heat, allowing warmer air to stay in the chambers you are using. Is there one room in your home that’s always colder than the remainder, no matter what? If you do not use that room, make sure you close it off so it doesn’t assimilate valuable hot from the rest of the house. If you do that, make sure to turn off any radiators in there to make sure you don’t trash energy.

Put a carpet down

Tiled floors and uninsulated floorboards can make a room frost, but they can also immediately stimulate you cold when you walk on them. To solve that problem, lay a carpeting over the offending area, Resin Roofs recommends. It can act as a heat trap and who knows — it could be a style feature that outlives the winter.