How to keep warm in a Portuguese house

As we are in late November and you are reading this post you are obviously very interested in knowing How to keep warm in a Portuguese house.

We do know where you are coming from in fact many people new to living in Portugal say that they have never been so cold as their first winter in Portugal.

It is probably due to the high level of humidity or damp in the air and in most Portuguese homes, lack of insulation and rapidly changing temperatures throughout the day. Take yesterday for example we say three butterflies chasing each other in the late afternoon sun and two hours later we were lighting the wood burner in our home.

Here are our tips on how to keep warm in a Portuguese house.

1, Use dry wood and overheat, your log burner is meant to be filled with wood so that it burns at maximum efficiency 12 to 14 KW normally. Most people run them very low at 2 or 3 KW so that there is not enough heat dispensed to heat (and dry out) the fabric of the home.

2, Insulate everywhere. Floors, walls, windows, doors and ceilings.

3, Light the stove or put the heating on early (before 4pm) so that the house can maintain its heat from the day without it cooling down too much and the heating output having to compensate.

4, If you have a pellet burner or wood burning stove or even radiators make sure that you site them in the correct location so that the heat they produces can spread around the home. There is masses of information on the internet for this.

5, Dress warmly. It is best to be warm and remove a layer of clothing than add layers because you have become cold.

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