15 Dec Insights: Winter Is Here!
Winter is here and while there’s not much you can do to stop it getting cold outside, you can still make sure your nice and warm. Read some tips to keep your house warm in the Winter.
Heat your home, not your walls
- Putting foil behind your radiators
Here’s how to keep your house warm with some easy foil insulation. Cover a thin sheet of card with tinfoil and place it behind your radiators. The heat will reflect back into your rooms, meaning they warm up quicker and retain more heat. However, if you don’t want to get your hands dirty, there’s also the option of purchasing a ready-made foil insulation.
Pop on some pipe-lagging
- putting lagging on piping
Pipe lagging which insulates hot water pipes with foam tubes, keeps the water inside your pipes hotter for longer and protects against the cold. It also makes your heating and hot water much more efficient. You can buy pipe lagging from any DIY store and fit it in seconds, no tools required.
Draught-proof your home
- putting tape down the window
If your home has a draught, patch it up. Filling in the gaps around windows and doors can help you save on your heating bills, so spending a few pounds on window draught excluder – an insulating tape – is a great investment. Fitting it is a breeze too, just make sure it sits snugly.
Bleed your radiators
- Turning the radiator key
It’s important to check your radiators are heating to the top and not halfway. If they aren’t, then you need to learn how to bleed your radiator. Simply use a radiator bleed key to open the little valve at the top. You’ll hear air hiss and as soon as you see a drip of water, close it up again.
Get your boiler serviced
- circling a date on the calendar
Boilers need to be maintained and looked after properly. It’s important to have an annual boiler service so that it will last longer and work more efficiently, if you don’t, it could cost you money. Don’t forget, it’s vital that you use a Gas Safe Registered Engineer.
Close the curtains
- closing the curtains
You won’t be surprised to learn that lots of warmth escapes from your home through the windows. If you’ve got curtains, close them before darkness hits or while you’re out of the house and keep that lovely heat where it should be – inside. Better still, get yourself a pair of thermal curtains.
Roll out a rug
- rolling out a rug
Wooden floors might look lovely but they can also let heat escape from right under your feet. Putting down a warm rug covers up the gaps and ensures your toes stay toasty.
Get creative with your insulation
- insulating the air draft at the bottom of the door
Use any spare foam pipe lagging as a door draught excluder – just cut a section to fit the bottom of your door, then slide it on to form a tight seal against the floor. You could also use spray foam insulation to fill any cracks and gaps in your walls or at the back of cupboards. Just be sure to check the can for all safety precautions. If you really want to take it up a level, call the professionals in to install loft insulation and keep all that lovely warmth from escaping through the roof.