With bills set to rise this winter, making it more expensive than ever to heat your home, finding innovative ways of keeping your home warm has become a priority for homeowners and families across the UK and beyond.
In this blog post, we’re sharing a range of tips to help keep yourself, your family, and your home warm – focussing on increasing the efficiency of your home and making sure that you have all the details in place to keep your favourite spots warm and cosy as Autumn transitions into Winter and beyond.
If there’s one thing that every household should be doing right now, it’s booking to have their boiler checked and fully serviced before the cold weather hits. By delaying and leaving it until the cold weather has arrived, you will likely join a long list of other people who should have checked earlier – leaving you subject to service and potential replacement fees right in the middle of the heightened cost of living crisis.
Did you know that an old thermostat is not only unsightly, but can also create issues with the efficiency of your home – causing the heating to go on at random times, and often pump out much more heat than is required? Not to mention, if you still use an old thermostat, you will have no way of tracking how much energy and heat you are using on a daily basis.
Upgrading to a smart meter will let you keep your home at a consistently comfortable temperature rather than needing to heat it from cold every day – and will let you track your spend and cost per day.
If you usually have sofas and other furnishings pushed up against your radiator, you could unintentionally be affecting the amount of heat that those radiators can pump out into the room – causing them to be less effective while still running at the same rate.
Another focus point for radiators in particular is the process of bleeding them – that is allowing any trapped gas to escape so that they can operate to their highest efficiency.
If your mum or dad ever told you to put another jumper on when you were cold as a child, then it’s time to heed that advice – adding extra layers to your bedding, blankets to your sofa, and jumpers to your outfits. Monitoring your own personal temperature and retaining your own comfort will help to ease that compulsion to turn up the thermostat and increase the cost for heating your home.
There are many ways to do this, both via formal services and in small changes that you can make to your own surroundings. Adding draught excluders to doors and windows, investing in double glazing, laying rugs on your floors, and adding curtains to your windows are all little changes which boost your home’s insulation.
And if we really need to say it, make sure that your doors and windows are closed when not in use – to keep the warm inside!
Electric blankets are among the winter products that are becoming increasingly coveted as homeowners look for cost effective ways of keeping warm. Electric blankets are relatively cheap to run and can keep your bed or sofa super cosy – just think of them as a consistent and much larger hot water bottle.
And if electric blankets aren’t for you, make sure you have a hot water bottle handy at all times!
This may be a small tip, but heat can gradually but consistently be lost through exposed keyholes -especially when the weather outside is really cold. Covering them will keep all that nice warm air firmly inside your home.
It is more cost effective – and more comfortable for you – if you can keep your home at a comfortable temperature day and night, rather than relying on your heating system to pump out enough heat to warm the entire property every morning or evening.
Making these small changes will help to retain heat and prevent warm air from escaping – while also helping to save you time and money.
Finally, remember that every day of cold winter weather is another day closer to the warm air of spring and summer – so hang in there!