With the country plunged into freezing temperatures, many of us wonder if there are any ways we can make our house warmer.

There are few things more joyous than coming in from the cold to a toasty welcome, but a number of minor issues can stop your home being as warm as it could be.

With the cold weather expecting to last for some months now, experts at Worcester Bosch say now is the perfect time to perform a quick home health check.

READ MORE: DWP confirms benefit and pension changes for next year

There are a number of small but effective things you can do to ensure all rooms of your house stay warm and cosy.

Here are some tips to make sure you feel comfortable at home this winter.

Bleed radiators

According to research, less than half of millennials know how to bleed a radiator - but releasing air that has been trapped inside your radiators throughout summer will help you to heat your home more effectively, can could also reduce your energy bills.

Beginning with the downstairs radiators furthest from the boiler, locate the bleed valve, and place a towel or cup under it to catch any water that may leak out.

Bleeding radiators can mean lower energy bills
Bleeding radiators can mean lower energy bills

Using a key or a screwdriver turn the key anti-clockwise and listen for a hiss. Wait for the hiss to stop and turn the key back around.

Follow the same process in the house, moving from downstairs to upstairs.

Book a boiler service

To keep your boiler running safely and efficiently, it is recommended to be serviced at least once a year.

Martyn Bridges, Head of Technical Communication and Product Management at Worcester Bosch, told the ECHO: “It is important to book in regular boiler services, especially following a summer of infrequent use.

"Not having your boiler serviced could lead to faults, higher energy bills, and your warranty ending early.”

Control your heating

As summer ends and a cold snap enters in force, it is very tempting to turn your heating up to the maximum and think nothing more of it.

Thoughtful woman at home
As it gets colder and darker, many of us are spending more and more time at home

But it is a lot more efficient to make your heating system work around your schedule - which will also cost less, too.

By programming your thermostats you could save around £75 a year and reduce your carbon dioxide emissions by 320kg, according to Energy Savings Trust.

Check your insulation

Over a quarter of heat is lost through the roof of an uninstalled home. But before installing your loft insulation, it is essential to check the shape of your loft and know whether it is warm or damp.

In most houses insulation is easy to install, but if it’s a step too far for your DIY skills, call in a professional.

This simple tip means that you’re trapping heat all year round so you can save money, even in the summer.

Cover your floorboards

One essential way to keep your home cosy is by paying attention to the gaps in your floor. Bare floorboards and holes in the bottom of skirting boards are easily forgotten ways that cold air can enter a home.

Through humidity changes and wood shrinking, gaps between the floorboards widen and expand which allows for cold air to emerge.

Filling your floorboards with filler, strips, or putty traps heat in your home, where an even better option would be to cover your floor with a rug, carpet, or blankets as a fashionable and economically efficient way to keep your home warm.

Use a radiator reflector

Turning on your radiator can boost your room temperature instantly, and the act of adding a reflector can take this one step further.

The reflection from the panel reflects heat back into the room and the wall behind it. So not only are you trapping the heat but you’re saving money by using less energy.

Receive newsletters with the latest news, sport and what's on updates from the Liverpool ECHO by signing up here