How to Keep Your Home Warm This Winter
Winter is coming. Whilst we can’t promise to stop it from getting cold outside, we can give you some tips to keep it cosy inside. There are lots of simple things you can do to keep your home toasty this winter. Here are our 12 top heating tips for your home this Winter, starting with the floors.
Cover Bare Floorboards
Floors can account for up to 10% of heat loss if they are not properly insulated. Whilst floorboards look great, they do let a lot of heat escape right beneath your feet. By putting a rug or mat down, you will cover any gaps and retain the heat in your home.
Bleed Your Radiators
Air can get trapped in your radiators which can prevent you from getting the most out of it. To release the trapped air, you can purchase a radiator bleed key. Just open the small valve towards the top and you should hear it hiss. As soon as you see a water droplet, close the valve up again. It’s simple to do and will ensure you are making the most out of your radiators.
The Power of Foil
Foil is a magical thing. Placing some tinfoil behind your radiator will reflect the heat back into your rooms, therefore, you’ll be heating up your home and not your walls! You can also opt for readymade foil insulation instead.
Open The Oven Door
Many households close the oven door once the dinner has come out. But why? You are keeping valuable heat trapped inside the oven rather than letting it heat transfer into your kitchen.
Draught Proof Everywhere
Let’s try to prevent cold air from entering our homes where possible. If your home has a draught, seal it. Think about a window draught excluder or insulating tape. They can save you money on your heating bills and can be inexpensive to buy.
Close The Curtains
At night, single glazed windows can get extremely cold. Likewise, double glazed windows aren’t the best insulators. Curtains can be the best way to keep the heat in and you should close them just before dusk. The thicker the curtain the better.
By changing the settings of your boiler to turn on 30 minutes before you wake up or arrive back home (at a lower temperature) is cheaper than turning it on only when you need it at a higher temperature. Make sure that you aren’t wasting needless energy and only have the heating on when you are at home. After all, what’s the point in heating a house with nobody home?
Lagging On Pipes
It’s not just you that can be affected by the cold. Covering your pipes with lagging will keep them wrapped up warm and prevent them from freezing. Doing this will avoid problems like burst pipes or blockages.
Clearing Your Gutters
Be careful of leaves blocking your pipes. For water to run freely, the gutters need to be clear of blockages. Doing this will ensure that no walls are affected by damp and leaks.
Insulating your loft can have a big impact on ensuring heat stays in your home. You may already have insulation in place but it’s worth checking it’s up to standard.
Clear Your Chimney
If you are a household with a chimney, ensure you have your chimney swept by a professional. Otherwise, it could result in some serious damage and you could set your house alight.
Heat can be lost up the chimney, so if yours is not in use then chimney balloons can be a great tool for preventing heat loss. They shut out any incoming cold air or warm air escaping. What’s more, they aren’t even expensive to buy. Just don’t forget to take it out, if you’re starting a fire!
So, don’t be a fool this winter and keep your house wrapped up too! There are so many ways to stop those heating bills from rocketing. Think smart and most importantly stay warm.