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How to keep your home warm this winter

Created: 29/11/2016

We are firmly into winter, or at least it feels like it. The cold weather has crept up on us, bringing with it heavy downpours and gale-force winds. 

Keep your home warm this winter

There are a few easy things you can do to warm up your home, like a new coat of paint to seal your walls, insulation wrap for your windows, or portable, hand-crafted draught excluders for your door frames.

But after a day out in the rain working, or just after your walk back from work, you want to be able to come home to a warm and comfortable house. Now, thanks to our helpful advice, you can ensure that your home is as toasty as it can be.

Big curtains

Uncovered windows can let out 40 per cent of heat from your home. So put up heavy, thick curtains that are long enough to have excess material hanging below the window, or onto the floor.

Big curtains keep your home warm

You can even opt for curtains with a thermal lining, they are relatively cheap for the benefits that you get.

Don’t think that curtains are exclusive to windows either, you can pin up a curtain or even a rug to cover your doors to the outside to help stop a draft coming from the door.

Maintain your heaters

It is recommended that you have your heating serviced at least once every two years, so you should call in a professional local handyman, who will ensure they keep running efficiently. Or alternatively, you can ask them to install new radiators.

Cleaning the likes of your radiators will also help in the meantime.

Loft insulation

Energy Saving Trust say you can be wasting as much as £140 on heating, as the heat generated from your home escapes out through your roof. Costs in gas and electricity will be reduced, while you will have a cooler home in summer but a warmer home in the winter.

You may have read our recent post on how to winter proof your roof, but you can go one step further with loft insulation to ensure a warm and dry home.

Loft insulation

Some houses release up to a half of heat generated through a roof without adequate insulation.

Shelves

It might be a surprise, but by simply putting up a shelf above a radiator can help to channel the warmth created.

Avoid covering a radiator with curtains, or rugs, if you have followed the advice to install thicker curtains. You could end up trapping the heat behind it, allowing it to escape out through the window rather than warm up your home.

Remember not to place anything on your radiators though, due to fire risks.

Filling the gap

While half of all heat loss from your home is through your roof, a further one third can escape from uninsulated walls. Heat flows from a warm area, like your home, to the cold area outside, so walls are a quick escape route for heat. 

Insulate your walls

If your house was built after the 1990s it is likely to have wall insulation, but any that date back beyond that could be completely without.

In the process, insulation is blown into the wall cavity from the outside of your property. Holes are drilled from outside, allowing a variety of materials to be pumped into the cavity. The most common types of insulation are mineral wool, polystyrene beads or foam. When the cavities are filled, the holes are then repaired with materials that match your house’s exterior facade.

By just insulating your walls, you can save yourself in excess of £160 a year on heating bills.

Boilers

Installing a new boiler can be a daunting thought for a home owner, but it is something that comes with a large number of benefits. 

Install a new boiler

We wrote about the rising cost of moving house in September and found that there were a number of things you can spend the money on to improve your home rather than move. One of them, was improving your central heating.

New boilers provide more efficient accessibility to hot water, while taking up much less space than old ones. New ones are also 90% more efficient than older models.

But the best thing? New and improved central heating can add £5,000 to the value of your property, after spending about £1,000-£3,000 on one.

Upgrade your heating system

If you have a boiler that does its job, and your radiators warm the house, then you are more than halfway there. If you have sealed the drafts, installed a bit more insulation, you are doing even better. The last key to making sure your home is winter ready is to ensure your thermostat is up to the task of maintaining the system. 

Upgrade your heating system

If you have an outdated thermostat – one that's not used to accurately regulating the internal temperature – your heating system may turn on every five to 10 minutes because it cannot keep an accurate temperature.

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