Losing heat through a home which has not been properly insulated can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet. Worst of all, it’s money you can’t even see disappearing! There are a range of things, both big and small, that you can do to keep as much warm air in your home as possible. Here are a few of them that will help reduce your heating bills and keep you toasty and warm during the winter months.
Set Timers On Your Heating
It is much more cost effective to warm your home up during certain times of the day, rather than switching the heating on every time your house starts to feel too cold. Rapidly warming your home up on a regular basis will significantly increase your heating bills so should be avoided. Adjust the timers depending on the time of year, particularly as we start to approach the summer months and heating is needed less and less.
Sort Out Your Radiators
Try to avoid drying your clothes on radiators as this can increase the level of moisture in the atmosphere. You should also move large items of furniture away from them so they don’t absorb the heat. Think about lining your walls with foil to prevent heat being lost through them. You can even purchase special foil to do this job.
A vast amount of heat is lost through your loft and roof, so you should think about hiring professionals put in loft insulation for you. If you are particularly handy, you can even think about doing the job yourself as rolls of foam insulation are very cheap. Remember to use protective equipment if you attempt to do this and leave sufficient gaps around the eaves to avoid condensation. If you need roof repair professionals, there are also plenty of these around who will fix any damage that may have been caused over the years.
Thick Curtains and Double Glazing
Double glazing is one of the best ways out there to stop your home from losing heat. Even though it’s relatively costly, you will find yourself making savings on your heating bills in the long run. You should also think about investing in thick, fleece-lined curtains that help retain heat. Avoid keeping these closed when the sun is shining so you encourage as much natural heat to enter your home as possible.
Watch Out For Other Sources of Draughts
Even small draughts can make a big difference when it comes to keeping your house warm. Letterboxes are a common place where draughts can enter your home, so put in a ‘brush’ as an extra way of retaining heat. Keyholes are another place where warm air can escape, so buy a keyhole cover that slips over the top. Cat flaps can also be insulated with some wool or pieces of blanket. If you have an old fashioned chimney, think about investing in a chimney balloon, but don’t forget to remove it if you are planning on starting a fire!