8 Easy Ways you Can Keep your Home Warmer this Winter
Although this winter has been unseasonably warm, now that the cold weather has hit you’re probably feeling it. If you’re searching for ways to keep your house warmer (and your bills lower) you’ve come to the right place. Below are 8 things you can do to keep your home warmer this winter.
It might be cold outside, but that doesn’t mean you can underestimate the power of the winter sun. Open your curtains during the day and let the sunlight in, taking advantage of the free heat. As soon as the sun goes down, shut your curtains to create another layer of insulation and keep your home warmer this winter.
Use timers on central heating
Your boiler heats up at a constant speed whether you set it to 20℃ or 30℃. Consider setting your boiler to come on half an hour before you wake up, at a lower temperature than you would normally have. But don’t make the mistake of leaving your heating on low all day – you’ll just pay for heat you won’t be using.
Move your sofa
Having the best seat in the house located in front of the radiator might mean you’re toasty when you’re sitting there, but it could be preventing the rest of your house from warming up. Moving it away will allow hot air to circulate freely around the home. The same goes for your curtains and drying clothes – move them away from the source.
Check your insulation
Around 25% of your home’s heat is lost through the roof. This can easily be reduced by installing insulation in your loft. It’s also well worth seeing what’s going on in the walls of your home, as an uninsulated home loses one third of its heat through the walls. If you’re thinking ‘I need the help of some external wall insulation installers near me’, speak to Thrift Energy today and we’ll tell you how we can help make your home warmer.
Insulate the water tank
If your home has a hot water tank, make sure it is properly insulated. This will keep the water warmer for longer and reduce your heating costs. Insulating an uninsulated water tank is said to save up to £150 a year, but even upgrading your tank’s old jacket will help you to save money.
Block out draughts
We’ve all seen handmade draught excluders in shops, but they can do an amazing job of draught proofing your home. DIY draught-proofing measures are relatively cheap and pretty easy to install yourself. It’s worth getting your doors and walls sealed and keeping the cold out.
Upgrade your boiler
If your boiler is over a decade old, it could be time to replace it with a new, more efficient model. New A-rated boilers produce the same amount of heat but use less energy, which could save you up to £350 a year. It also means you’re less likely to see issues when you go into next winter.
Install thermostatic radiator valves
Installing heating controls has resulted in energy savings of up to 40%, compared to a house with no controls. New smart metres can also be controlled remotely via smartphone, so you can turn the heating on on your way home, so it will be nice and toasty when you arrive.
Utilise these tips to your heart’s content and you’ll never be cold in your own home again!