10 Tips To Keep Warm This Winter
Winter is coming - it means that the question about keeping your house warm becomes more actual. With the coldest winter for five years expected in the coming months, people in chilly areas rely heavily on their central heating systems.
And while there’s not much you can do to stop it getting cold outside, you can still make sure you stay toasty inside.
So here are ten simple tricks to keep your house warm in winter and stop that precious energy escaping.
From foil insulation to pipe lagging and winter curtains, they’re quick, easy and great for energy efficiency.
Let’s get started:
1. The secret is in using curtains
A free heat is the sun heat, so don’t forget to use it. Just open your curtains and let the sunlight in during the day to make use of this free heat. In the evening, when it gets darker, shut your curtains, which act as another layer of insulation and keep warmth in your rooms. In addition, you should make sure you don't have any leaks or gaps so that the warm air can stay in and the cold air stays out – this also helps to reduce condensation.
2. Central heating: TIMERS!
HSE advises that programming your boiler to turn the heating on a little earlier – such as 30 minutes before you get up in the morning – but at a lower temperature is cheaper than turning it on just as you need it at a higher temperature.
The reason why you should do it is that the boiler heats up at a constant speed whether you set your thermostat to 20°C (68°F) or 30°C (86°F).
Meanwhile, for saving your money, don’t make the mistake of leaving your heating on low all day.
3. Take away your sofa from the wrong place
It might feel great to have your favourite seat in front of the radiator, but it's absorbing heat that could be warming your home.
However, hot air can circulate freely by moving your sofa away from the radiator. The same goes for your curtains or drying clothes – keep them away from the radiator so that you can get the most out of your heat source.
4. Maximize your installation
Approximately 25 per cent is lost through the roof, when it comes to heat.
This can be easily reduced by installing 25 cm of insulation throughout your loft. Additionally, it's worth seeing what's going on in your walls, as around a third of the heat in an uninsulated home is lost this way. In fact, it's not as cheap to install as loft insulation, cavity wall insulation could save up to £160 ($198) a year in heating bills.
Moreover, it's also worth checking with your energy supplier to see if they have any insulation schemes running (sometimes it can mean cheap or free installation).
5. Wrap yourself warm
In case you have a hot water tank, make sure it’s lagged or insulated properly. It can help you to reduce heating costs and \keep the water warmer for longer.
6. Use the oven to heat the house
Once dinner comes out of the oven, we all close the door again. But why waste that heat? Leave the oven door open and let the heat transfer slowly into your kitchen, it’ll help keep your house warm while you eat. And, naturally, keep the kids away from the door.
7. Roll out a rug
Wooden floors might look lovely but they can also let heat escape from right under your feet. Putting down a warm rug covers up the gaps and ensures your toes stay toasty.
8. Install thermostats
Installing heating controls and theromostatic radiator valves results in energy savings of 40 % compared to a house with no controls. It works by allowing you to programme your heating to come on at predefined times – so you only use energy when you need it. Furthermore new smart thermostats can be controlled remotely via your mobile so you can turn on your heating on the way home, ensuring it's nice and toasty when you arrive.
9. Streamline your boiler
If you have an old boiler (more than 10 years), it would be better to replace it with a new, more effective model. It’s only depends on your old boiler type and house. And, taking it into account, you could save up to £350 ($433) with a new A-rated condensing boiler – which uses less energy to produce the same amount of heat. Likewise, if it's new, you're less likely to have any issues going into the winter season.
10. Reverberate the heat
Such a difficult word - reverberate - to understand, but the idea is quite easy to make out. Radiator panels are relatively cheap, easy to install, and provide that heat from your radiators warms up your room and not your walls. They work by reflecting the heat back into the room.