As winter approaches, most people find ways to keep their homes warm while saving a few pounds. Expected bills for heating a home this winter lay in the region of £600. And the less insulated and less modern your home, the more you can expect to pay for your heating this winter. In this article we discuss how to keep your home warm this winter.
As well as saving money, keeping a house warm is not always easy if the house is old and the insulation is not very good. Keeping the house warm is a daunting task in any home. Especially one that is older and less modern, as they typically have less insulation. You can save money, but you can also stay warm and comfortable throughout the winter with the following tips:
The thermostat helps in controlling temperature with the push of a button. Programmable thermostats allow you to add schedules to the thermostat (daily, weekly, and on weekends). And adjust the temperature based on the schedule.
Smart thermostats are advanced and learn how to optimize temperature efficiency according to your habits. It can keep the temperature between 15-21 degrees Celcius throughout the day.
The heat of the sun is free, so try to harvest the most of it. Open the curtains and let the sun rays in to take advantage of this free heat during the daytime.
During the nighttime, close the curtains. The curtain acts as an additional layer of insulation and keeps the room warm. It would be best to make sure there are no leaks or gaps, so warm air stays inside, and cold air stays outside. It also helps in reducing condensation.
If you discover a draft in your windows or doors, then it is advisable that you get it filled in and resolved. A small gap can let out a lot of heat. So fixing it will allow you to keep all of your heat in the home.
As for heat, about 25% of your homes heat is lost from the roof. It can be easily reduced by installing 25cm of insulation throughout the loft. It’s also worth seeing what’s happening in the walls, as about 30% of the heat in an uninsulated house is lost through the walls. Although not as cheap as attic insulation, hollow insulation can save up to £160 a year in heating costs.
It is also worth asking ypur energy supplier to see if the insulation scheme is in place: this can mean a cheap or free installation.
The Center for Sustainable Energy recommends programming the boiler to turn on a little earlier, say 30 minutes before waking up in the morning. Still, at low temperatures, it is cheaper than turning it on at the required temperature. Because the boiler heats up at a constant rate regardless of whether the thermostat is set to 20°C or 30°C.
However, do not mistakenly leave the heating all day long as you pay for the heating, even when you don’t need it.
The wooden floors look great and are easy to clean, but they are not suitable for keeping the building warm during the winter. Consider waking up on cold hardwood floors and blurry carpets in winter. Using rugs and mats in frequently used areas such as bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens can significantly change your comfort during the winter and add warmth where you need it.
Don’t forget your warm socks and slippers.
The oven in your house cooks your favorite dishes and keeps your kitchen (and nearby areas) warm. So, don’t be afraid to open the cookbook and cook during the winter. The oven is not designed to heat the entire house, but you can add a small amount of heat when baking.
Keep in mind that the oven should not be used as a primary heating element and that improper use can pose a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and fire damage.
If you have a radiator mounted on the outer wall, use aluminum foil behind the radiator. The film’s reflectivity prevents the heat from escaping from the wall and reflects it into the room.
It’s all about keeping people warm instead of the whole house. It doesn’t matter if the house is a little cold, but it does matter when the people within it feel cold. So, wear hoodies and sweaters, grab a warm robe, drink hot coffee or tea all day, and break out the thick blankets and sheets.
Do whatever it takes to stay warm and comfortable (comfort is important-it is not desirable to have a low thermostat and a coat at home). Perhaps you can handle the thermostat a few degrees lower if you take some of the above measures.
If your boiler is over 10 years old, it might start to become inefficient at warming your home. It is time to think about getting a more modern boiler. Newer and more modern boilers have modern technology that ensures that they are the most energy efficient. This ensures when you are heating your home, you are getting the most for your money.
At Get Me a Boiler we can help you with upgrading your boiler. For a free no obligation quote, you can contact us today.
If you follow these simple tips, you can make your home warm at relatively less cost. However, keep in mind that there is no substitute for essential elements such as insulation and regular heating system maintenance.
Hopefully this article helps you to keep your home warm this winter. At Get Me a Boiler, we want to help you keep your home warm and ensure you have the most efficient boiler possible.
You can contact us via our website or call us directly. We can then talk through the options mentioned in this article and help you to decide which is the right boiler for you.