It’s that time of year: the leaves have fallen, and so has the temperature. So how do you keep your home warm without it costing a fortune?
We’ve put together a guide of eight easy ways to keep your home warm efficiently.
Fitting draught excluders is an easy win when it comes to keeping the cold at bay. These can be fitted around the frame of all interior and exterior doors, and in addition to this you can purchase door runners or ‘draught snakes’ to sit along the bottom of any door. These are stuffed tubes of fabric that help prevent draughts from entering and heat from escaping. You can even make your own by sewing a tube of fabric and filling it with dried rice.
For extra heat protection, insulate letterboxes and keyholes too.
When One Door Closes, Another One Opens
If your house is prone to draughts, the first thing you often do is shut all the doors to trap heat in a confined area, but consider reusing heat in your home too. If you’re cooking in the kitchen, try leaving the door ajar as the heat can travel between rooms. If you’ve used the oven, leave the door open when you’ve finished using the heat.
Windows are a big culprit for allowing heat to escape. Triple glazing will be the best way to go, but there are other ways to improve heat retention. Start by closing your curtains: this will act as a barrier between the cold windows and your warm room. You don’t want to spend money on central heating only for the warmth to escape through your windows.
If you cut bubble wrap to the size of your window and secure it by spritzing some water and sticking it on, it acts as a handy DIY alternative to draught excluders.
Move Your Furniture Around
It may sound too simple but having a jig-around of your current layout could help with warmth. Have a proper look at your living space; does your sofa block your radiator? Is your armchair positioned in line of a draught? If so, have a shuffle and see where you can maximise your heat output and reduce chills.
Pop some foil behind the radiator to reflect heat back into the room. It’s an old-fashioned way of doing things, but hey – if old-fashioned warms you up and cuts costs then why not give it a go, right? Alternatively, you can purchase radiator panels that will do the job just as effectively.
Bleed your radiators; this helps them run efficiently and effectively.
Underfloor heating is sometimes available but if you’ve got wooden or laminate flooring, try adding some rugs for a quick win; you can even layer them up for double insulation. Not only will this keep you warm underfoot but it will also help with airborne heat.
Put carpet tiles in high-traffic areas of your kitchen such as by the sink or oven – generally areas you would stand if you were cooking or cleaning.
Layer up the Loft
A quarter of all heat is lost through the roof,* so where temperature retention is concerned, this one is pretty important. Not to mention the fact that it’ll help your home to be more energy-efficient, saving you money in the long run.
You can insulate your loft by purchasing a loft blanket, also known as loft roll; it’s available in different widths, so ensure you’ve got the right one for your home.
Check that your existing roll hasn’t been compressed by boards laid on top of it. This can affect the effectiveness of your insulation.
Tackle the Temperature
Obviously, the easiest way to heat your home is to crank the thermostat up, but that’ll increase your bills and dry the house out. You don’t have to have the heat in your room at a tropical temperature to reap the benefits of a warm home.
By reducing your thermostat one degree lower than you normally do, you can potentially save yourself an average of £85 a year.*
Having beautiful rooflights doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice your energy bills. In fact, it can help them.
Our eco-friendly rooflights are triple-glazed and Krypton-filled and retain heat, making them the front runner in energy-efficient rooflight technology.
What is Krypton?
A gas that’s injected into the glass to maximise its efficiency.
Have you got any other ways to ensure your home stays warm this winter? If so, we’d love to hear about them. Either leave us a comment or tweet us and we’ll retweet our favourite ideas.
*Statistics taken from http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/domestic/thermostats-and-controls