In winter-time, your home’s central heating system will find itself under new strain. When the weather outside is really frightful, it may struggle to keep the inside warm and cosy. Let’s take a look at a few measures that can make the difference – many of which are easy to neglect!
Invest in your Heating
New boilers and radiators can do wonders for the actual efficacy of your heating systems. Look for something that’s a match for the size of your home. Where radiators are concerned, you’ll find a whole range of sizes and shapes available – including eye-catching column radiators.
Invest in heavy curtains
The thicker your curtains, the more difficult it will be for air to circulate through them. Air beside the window will remain cool; air inside the room will remain warmer. Of course, this only works when the curtains themselves are closed – which makes it important to draw them every evening.
There is a complicating factor in the form of solar gain – if a window in particular receives a lot of sunlight during the day, then making sure that those curtains are drawn can help your home to gain that little bit of heat energy.
Set your Heating on a Timer
By programming your heating system to come on when you need it, and remain dormant during the evening, you’ll ensure that less heat is wasted. Bear in mind that good sleep requires less heat than we think, so allowing the temperature to fall at night isn’t such a bad thing.
Block the draughts!
If there are gaps around your exterior doors, then it might be time for an upgrade. But that needn’t mean swapping out the entire door; those compressible weater-strips will lose their elasticity over time, and thus might benefit from a replacement.
A thermostatic radiator valve will allow you to more accurately control the temperature in a given room. They’ll detect the temperature of the surrounding air, and open or close the valve accordingly. This will allow you to put the temperature down in an office or bedroom, so that you can crank it in the lounge.
Much of the heat in your home will be lost via the roof space. Packing insulation between the rafters will help you to minimise this problem. The same goes for other items in the house that you need to keep warm – hot water tanks and pipes can be lagged, especially if they’re going to be in cold spaces.
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