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14th Sep 2013

Top Tips for Effectively Keeping Your Home Warm This Winter

 

Winter is a particularly difficult time for many people, especially when trying to maintain a warm environment for you and your family. Below is a list of some of the best ways to keep your home heated, not only during the winter, but throughout the year too.

Insulation

This is probably one of the most efficient ways to keep the cold out, and the heat in. By kitting your home out with good quality insulation, whether that is within the wall cavities, roofing, or around pipes, you’ll be sure to feel the benefits. Insulating your loft is extremely beneficial and cost effective; with good insulation, you should find that it will last for around 40 years.

Windows and doors

A simple, but often over-looked, method of reducing your heat loss, is to keep doors shut throughout your home. You’ll therefore have less large gaps for heat to drift out of. Likewise, sealing any gaps around the edges of windows is a particularly easy method of heat loss prevention. You should perhaps also think about investing in double-glazing your windows too. Doing this before the winter is essential, as you don’t want to be without windows whilst they’re being replaced in a cold snap!

Have a think about your flooring too. If you have traditional floorboards, then this is another place where heat can escape. You can fill in any access gaps with filler, which is cheap and easy to buy. It also creates a professional finish to your home.

Any unnecessary gaps within your doors can be filled too. For example, keyholes that aren’t in use anymore. Another particularly good tip is to make sure your letterbox either has a flap or brush, so that there isn’t just a gap in your front door. This is also good for security too.

Furniture

This is a slightly obscure way to prevent heat loss, and one of which many people have no knowledge about. Rearranging your furniture so that chairs and sofas are away from doors and windows will avert any unnecessary draughts that may catch the back of your neck. Although this in itself will not keep the heat within your house, you’ll certainly feel the difference.

Fireplaces

Again, this is another idea that can go unnoticed when heat-proofing your home. Traditional fireplaces are the perfect vessel for allowing heat to escape, so this may give you food for thought about whether or not you should be thinking about sealing up your old fireplace, and investing in something more efficient.

Radiator bleeding

It can be easy to ignore the fact that your radiators will need bleeding at some point during their existence. In fact, bleeding them regularly can prolong the life of your central heating system. Radiator bleeding is a simple and easy task, which involves removing any excess air that may have become trapped within the radiator. You can tell whether this has occurred or not by placing your hand on the top of the radiator and comparing it with the temperature of the bottom or sides. If there’s a significant different, then it’s probably a sign that you should bleed the radiator. It’s also beneficial to bleed the rest of your radiators when this happens.

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