When it comes to keeping your home warm during the colder months, the first thought that comes to mind is, “Is my heating effective?” The most substantial way to improve the heating in every home is through ensuring that it’s properly insulated. More than around 35% of heat is lost through the walls of an insulated home. But before considering adding or upgrading your insulation, consider these options for keeping your home warm.
Improve Your Radiators Efficiency:Odds are your home is equipped with a few radiators located in each room in the house. Radiators are able to work effectively by heating a space in only a few hours. Continue ensuring that the radiators in your home are working to their full potential by following the below steps.
Don’t Use Them to Hang Clothes- a radiator seems like an easy place to use for quickly drying clothes. While the heat from radiators would be useful to heat your home, it will likely to impact the whole room. By placing clothes on a radiator, it’ll have to work harder to heat your room as the amount of heat is transferring to the clothing item.
Avoid Putting Near Furniture- Similar to clothes, the material in furniture is effective at absorbing heat. Unlike the clothes which will eventually dry and be removed, items of furniture will only continue to absorb the heat without being to transfer it to the room.
Let the Air Out- This is frequently referred to as “bleeding the radiators”. In all radiators, air can become trapped inside and this will start to make the performance inefficient. Bleeding the radiators allows for unwanted air to leave. You can purchase a key that will allow you to twist the valve partially to get the air our. The best way to tell if a radiator has this issue is when it's making a gurgling noise or taking a while to heat up.
Replace When Necessary- Radiators tend to have a longer lifespan but if it's been longer than 15-20 years since they were last replaced then it might be time.
Seal Up Potential DraftsThe easiest way to keep your home warm is to prevent the warmth from escaping. Even a properly insulated home can become cold from numerous drafts throughout the house.
Chimney Balloon- Lighting a fire in the winter is lovely but for the evenings that your fireplace isn’t burning, you’ll notice that a lot of warm air can become lost. A chimney balloon can be used to prevent the warm air from leaving your home and allowing cold air to enter.
Draft Excluders- It’s more manageable to heat your home, room by room versus heating the entire home. Keep the air in each room by using draft excluders on all interior doors.
Insulate Your Windows- The first step is for preventing heat loss from your windows is to keep the curtains drawn in the evening. The second is to purchase insulation to seal the windows.
Keep Your Body Warm
The home needs to be warm but don’t forget to keep yourself warm in the winter with the following quick tips.
Wear an extra layer of clothing
Use a hot water bag
Switch to a thicker buvet
But It Might Be Time for New Insulation- All things aside after a certain point, if you’re finding that your home isn’t staying warm then consider replacing or upgrading the levels of insulation.
If you need advice on insulation and what to do to ensure that you’re warm and cosy in the water, don’t hesitate to call our expert team at (01) 905 9355.