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Keeping warm this winter

Balancing work and family life can be tricky, but as we head into winter, many people have to ask themselves the question – could we survive without any central heating? For some it’s a question of poverty while others have chosen to live in homes which, for one reason or another, do not have access to heating. If you’re one of them and you have a young family, good heaters are a must.

Good looking and effective

The task of heating a house through winter can be a real struggle if you don’t have central heating or if that heating is not quite good enough. Many will suggest good insulation but while that can go a long way to improve conditions in the home and keep bills down it only goes part of the way. Storage heating is often used but this is expensive and often only heats a part of the house for small periods of the day.

If you’re like me, though, money is only part of the story. We are becoming much more house proud as a nation, even if we only rent, and we really do want to find ways in which our homes can do all the things we need them to do without it impacting on the design. So, let’s imagine this scenario – you’ve spent the rest of the year working hard to get your interiors looking perfect and then you have to spoil it all by bringing in great hulking heaters.

That’s especially troublesome because many of the portable heaters you can buy look horrible and are also incredibly inefficient. So, not only are you spoiling the look of your lovely home, but you’re paying through the nose for the privilege. I love services such as warmrooms.co.uk because they genuinely seem to believe in a very different option – one in which small heating appliances look good and are energy efficient.

Eco friendly

Some of these have been specifically designed to blend in with the environment. For example, you could get a small tasteful plinth heater to keep a classic looking kitchen warm. It means it’ll be a pleasant place to be in while not interrupting the aesthetic, which is something many people like me would love. You can also go a long way to improve the efficiency of your heating options by using a converter fan. This can be placed on top of a heater or perhaps a wood burning stove and circulates heat around the house. It keeps your heating bills down and greatly expands the reach of even a few heaters.

A number of companies are now offering attractive and tasteful portable heating options which blend in with the overall design of a home. It’s about going the extra mile and looking a little beyond pure function to find something which looks good and feels good. They may cost a little more initially, but they will be worth it in the long run.

About the Author

Amanda Acuña an influential Mom Blogger. She created MommyMandy as an online resource to the parenting community. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has three daughters, ages 14,11, 5 and a son who is 2. They currently reside in sunny Southern California.

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