How To Keep Heat In Your Home
We hate to say it, but the colder months are creeping upon us. As always, we’re on hand with all the tips and tricks you’ll need to make it through the winter warm and comfortable. That’s right, in our latest post, we’re sharing ten efficient ways to keep heat in your home. Not only will this ensure you’re nice and cozy, but it will save you cash too, so stick with us.
1. Use Your Curtains
One of the simplest ways to keep heat in your home is to keep your curtains closed when you can. Of course, there’s no need to shut yourself off from daylight around the clock, but of an evening, you should draw them. Furthermore, the thicker your curtains, the better. If you live in a particularly cold area, it’s worth investing in curtains with a thermal lining.
2. Use The Sunlight
As we mentioned above, there’s no need to keep your curtains closed all the time. Instead, you should use natural sunlight as a free source of heat as much as possible. For best results, close your curtains when dusk falls so that you can retain heat from your space heater.
3. Draught-Proof Doors And Windows
If you can feel a breeze coming through any windows and doors, you need to draught-proof them. By simply filling the gaps can shave off those extra costs on your heat bills. All you need is some insulating tape, and you’ll be good to go.
4. Bleed Your Radiators
If you find that the radiators in your house aren’t heating all the way to the top, you likely need to bleed them. While you may think this is a bit old fashioned, it can make a difference. Furthermore, it’s not too complicated at all. Simply buy a radiator bleed key from your local DIY store and use it to loosen the small valve at the top. Once you’ve done this, the air will hiss, as soon as you water begins to drip, shut it off right away. It’s as easy as that.
5. Be Savvy With Your Oven
If you’ve turned the oven on to cook up a delicious dinner, once you’re finished, you’ll close the door right away. Without even thinking, you’re wasting that heat. Rather than closing the door, leave it open and allow the heat to transfer slowly into your kitchen. While it won’t give off too much heat, it will make a difference.
6. Roll Out A Rug
If the flooring in your home is mostly wood or tiling, you should roll out some rugs for the winter. Hard flooring often means that heat will escape from right under your feet. Therefore, placing rugs down covers those gaps and ensures your feet stay nice and toasty.
7. Close Off Any Unused Rooms
If you’re fortunate enough to live in a lovely big house and you don’t use every room, make sure that you keep the doors to these rooms closed. This way, you’ll prevent any cold air moving through to the rest of the house. Furthermore, you could keep the curtains closed in these rooms to retain a little extra heat.
8. Set Timers For Your Heat
If you’re out of the house all day and you don’t see the need for the heat to be on, simply set timers to suit you. For the cold months, it’s always nice to get out of bed to warmth as well as walking through the door to a warm welcome. Keeping the heating on 24 hours a day is not only unnecessary in most circumstances but will also cost you a fair amount over time. You can also use space heaters if you want instant warmth.
9. Update Or Upgrade Your Windows
If the windows in your home are dated and old, they are most likely letting out precious heat. While it’s not exactly a cheap job, the initial cost will be repaid over the years when it comes to your heating bill.
10. If You Have Furniture Blocking Your Radiators, Move It
While it might be super cozy to sit on your couch that’s right in front of the sofa, it’s absorbing the heat that is better of warming your home. If you move any furniture that’s blocking heat, you’re allowing the hot air to circulate freely.
There you have it, 10 of our top tips and tricks to make the most out of the heat sources in your homes. We’ve tried to include some quick fixes along with some long term solutions so that you can reap the benefits year on year.