Tips to Keep Your Home Warm This Winter


Seal Your Chimney

Do you have a chimney or fireplace that you use during the winter? Used effectively, a fire can be an excellent source of heat and can save you money while enhancing your lifestyle, but it can also be incredibly inefficient. If it’s an open fire, it will have a flue; when the fire’s burning, it evacuates the smoke, but when it isn’t on, the flue is the same as an open window. This can cost you money and lose your valuable heat. Make sure to seal the flue when the fire is not in use. 

Use Fans for Extra Heat 

You want to increase your home’s warmth in the winter, so why is a fan a good idea? A fan is designed to cool down a room in the summer. If you know a bit about thermodynamics, you’ll know that heat rises. The heavier air takes over the lighter air. It means that most of the heat you generate will sit at the top of your room. A fan set to low will help to circumvent this warm air and mix it with the rest of the room. 

Make the Most of Radiators

Whether your radiators are powered by gas or electricity, they are expensive to run, especially in the depths of winter when they are on most of the time. To make the most of the heat generated from them, close all of the doors when they are on and ensure your rooms are well insulated. Obstructions in front of the radiator can also cause inefficiencies since the majority of the heat isn’t entering the room. 

Insulate 

If you want to trap heat in your house and in your rooms, the best way is to insulate. There are different types of interior wall insulation, such as cavity wall or loose-fill. Some of it is more effective than others, and it varies greatly in price; look into it, or consult if we buy houses. Otherwise, ensure that your windows are covered by thick heavy curtains to print the heat from escaping – even if you have double or triple glazing. 

Utilize Windows 

Up to 25% of heat is lost through your windows, so it’s important to use them wisely. Firstly, get double or triple glazing installed; it is proven to be an excellent insulator. Additionally, you should use heavy curtains in the winter to improve the quality of heat in the room and reduce your bills. If you have south-facing windows, open them up to the sun and make the most of the free energy.  

Minimize Your Home 

When it comes to winter, it’s a good idea to downsize your home and only use the necessary rooms such as the living room, the bathroom, the bedroom, and the kitchen. All other rooms in the house can be shut down for the season. Make you’re the curtains are drawn, and the radiators are switched off. When you are not using a room, switch off the radiator and lights to save energy. 

Jeff Campbell

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