The cold winter months are fast approaching and with them the dreaded cold that comes with winter. Keeping the house warm during the winter is an expensive and often tedious activity. However, you can follow these tips on how to keep your house warm this winter.
Sunlight is a very efficient and cheap source of heat. To optimize on the heat from sunlight you should open the curtains in the morning and keep them open throughout the day. The curtains should be closed in the evening to prevent heat loss. Heavier curtains are more effective in preventing heat loss.
Optimize Radiator Efficiency
Inefficient radiators provide little heat and end up using a lot of electricity. You should ensure that radiators are well maintained. After several months of lying dormant, the radiator may have air pockets that reduce the radiators ability to work effectively. To remedy this you should open the radiator and let the water to flow out until you get a uniform stream. Radiator panels also help reduce the amount of heat lost by redirecting it inside the house. If you do not have these panels you can just place tin foil behind the radiator which reflects the heat reducing heat loss.
You may have realized that some areas of the house feel warmer than others. This is because the walls absorb some of the heat hence the areas close to them are generally colder. You should also ensure that the radiator is not blocked by sofas. Although it feels warmer to have the sofa close to the radiator, it absorbs heat and prevents it from circulating freely.
Insulate Your House
The amount of heat that is lost through the walls and ceiling is staggering. The only way to reduce this loss is insulating the walls and the loft. Insulating the loft is easier and can be easily done without expert help. Wall cavity insulation is a bit difficult and you can acquire professional help. Insulating ensures that the house is significantly warmer and does not require a lot of heating.
Use Draught Excluders
The cracks below the doors and windows allow icy air to get into the house and therefore lead to heat loss. These cracks can be plugged using draught excluders. These excluders can be easily bought online and in supermarkets. If you do not have one you can improvise by placing a cloth in front of the door. There are adhesive foam strips that seal gaps in the window edges and prevent cold air from getting into the house. For the chimney, you can use a chimney balloon that plugs the chimney and therefore prevents any cold air getting into the house through the chimney.
Glazing your windows will prevent the amount of heat that is lost through the window panes. Windows that are double glazed are more effective at keeping the heat in and the cold out. If glazing is not affordable there are adhesive tapes that can be used to achieve the insulating effect of window glaze although they are not as effective as the window glaze.
Open floors absorb a lot of heat and end up reducing the effectiveness of your heating. Carpets and rugs provide insulation to the floor thereby reducing the amount of heat lost through the floor.
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