Many of us put a lot of time and money into making our home comfortable, and with a pleasant ambience. Ambience, as a concept, is often hard to define, as it essentially boils down to the way a room feels – its ‘vibe,’ if you will. There are various things you can do to your home to creating a specific ambience, such as perfecting your lighting and lighting scented candles, among other things. But another huge aspect that contributes to the ‘feel’ of your home is what the temperature is like. No one likes to be uncomfortable in their home, and not being able to find a suitable temperature can be incredibly frustrating. As human beings, our bodies do have certain measures at hand to help regulate our temperature. That is why we sweat when we are hot (as the sweat cools us down and stops us from overheating) and why we shiver when we are in a cooler environment. There is, however, a limit to what it can do if we are faced with long periods of uncomfortable heat, and the last place you want to be putting up with this is within your home. This is where heating solutions come in.
If you’re already having flashbacks to last year’s icy winter or dreading the summer when your home turns into a giant oven, you may want to consider taking action over your various heating and cooling systems. What so many of us fail to realise, however, is that there are so many more heating options out there other than simply opening your windows when it’s hot and racking your thermostat up to the max when it’s cold. If you want to combine heating/cooling with style, or with money saving, or with being environmentally friendly, there are plenty of different ways in which you can marry the two together. Here are just a few of those examples, so you can decide what is best for you and your home.
One thing you may notice about many modern homes is that they have an ever-diminishing amount of floor space available. Inner-city properties, in particular, have been getting smaller for some years, as local councils attempt to pack more people into blocks of flats and make way for various redevelopments. Plus, we use our wall space for various other things too, whether that is for displaying art, installing shelves or hanging up mirrors. All this, however, can leave us with a minimal amount of space to install a radiator, meaning our rooms can get pretty chilly. But you shouldn’t have to choose between attractive wall decor and heating. You can have both, with the vertical radiators at Only Radiators you can get. These innovative new radiators free up wall space while not compromising on heat production, as you still get the same amount of heat just as you would from a regular, horizontal radiator. Even if you live in a reasonably large home, and therefore wall space is not an issue for you, vertical radiators can often bring an intriguing and modern angle to your property. Some of them even double up into multiple purposes – so for example, you could end up with a vertical radiator that is also a mirror. Handy AND stylish, too.
When you need relief from the hot, humid weather that summer can occasionally bring, fans are an ideal option for many family homes. Portable ones are relatively cheap and available from pretty much every department store and can be moved around as you please. Of course, you do have the drawback of them only pushing hot air around, which doesn’t help to lower your body temperature. But they can provide relief, and sometimes a relief from the heat can make you home a much more comfortable place to be. If portable fans are not your thing and you want a more permanent feature, why not consider getting a whole house fan installed? These pieces of equipment sit on the ceiling between your attic and your living space and work by pulling in air from open windows and exhausting it through the attic and then the roof. We all know that heat rises, so this implement is a great way to keep excessive heat out of your living quarters and all in all, make your home a much more comfortable place to be.
A real fire
Back to winter now, and the question of whether a real fire could be the perfect option for heating your home. Of course, it is important to bear in mind that a fire will never be able to heat your ENTIRE home. So, if you don’t tend to spend much time in your living room (where the fireplace would most likely be), you may want to rethink your idea about using a fire regularly, as it could well be a waste of money and energy. If you do love nothing more than curling up in your living room with a book during winter, however, then stoking up that fire could be a real game-changer for you. Many properties have gas fires, which are usually fairly energy-efficient and safe to use for all the family. However, if you fancy something a little more authentic, you may want to have a ‘real fire’ installed – that is, an open coal or log burner. Both of these can provide a huge amount of heat and also give your home that rustic, country cottage kind of vibe. However, before you go ahead with an installation, there are a few things you need to bear in mind. These kinds of fires need regular maintenance, least they become clogged, so if you aren’t prepared to do that yourself make sure you have an expert on hand who can help you. Also, they pose a much greater fire hazard than an electric or gas fire, so make sure your coals are all stacked safely and always use a fireguard.
It isn’t just within your home that you may need to cool down every once in a while. Everyone loves making the most of the good weather sat outside on their patio, cold beer in hand. But when the sun is beating down, and you are repeatedly sweating off every layer of sunscreen you apply, the whole thing can become a bit of an uncomfortable experience. That is why a patio misting system could be just the thing you need to keep you and your guests comfortable during those lazy summer afternoons. Often, there is a common conception that misting systems end up leaving you overly wet and feeling ‘sticky,’ rather than cooled, but that is only the result of a system that is too fervent. This particular technology uses mist evaporation, which means that the water particles evaporate almost as soon as they hit the air – leaving your guests pleasantly cooled, never drenched! For this same reason, they also don’t use a great deal of water, meaning they are much more energy-efficient than you might expect. There are a few different ways you can buy such a system. You can either contact a specialised manufacturer directly, or you can visit your local garden centre, as many of them now stock these products regularly. Regulating heat both in and out of the home can often be a challenge for the average homeowner, but it doesn’t need to be a nightmare. Simply think slightly out of the box, and you can have a home with the perfect temperature no matter what the weather is like outside.