With the winter well and truly here, it is important that your home keeps in the heat. The last things you want to happen are to freeze to death in your home and pay through the nose for the privilege. To make sure these never happen to you, you need to make your property heat efficient. And, the only way to do that is to research the tips and tricks that make a complex job quite simple. As luck would have it, these tips and tricks are listed below. Enjoy.
Insulate The Cavities
Cavities are areas of your home that are open to the elements because there is nothing in between. The main types of cavities are wall cavities, and they will cause a lot of hot air to dissipate if they are left alone. All it takes is a couple of rolls of insulation in the walls, and the cold air will stop in its tracks. The insulation is easy to find in most good stores and some bad ones too. It is also quite cheap and easy to install, but you can always hire a pro if you are not a DIYer.
Replace The Windows
Are your windows double-glazed? If the answer is no, they need replacing with ones that are. Normal windows are another notorious source of heat loss because they are just single panes of glass. However, double-glazing, as the name suggests, is two panes and a vacuum in the middle. The vacuum stops any heat transfer from the inside and the outside, so you home won’t lose heat. You may also want your windows replacing if they are not fitted properly. They need to be as tight to the frame as possible.
Install A Thermostat
The one problem you will face with heating your home is regulating the temperature. Unless your boiler has an inbuilt thermostat, the mercury will rise and fall all day. The result is that you home will go through periods when it is hot and when it is freezing cold. Instead of doing that and wasting money in the process, invest in a programmable thermostat and set it to a nice temp. Your home will stay warm all day long without burning any excess energy. And, you won’t have to do a thing because it stays the same unless you make a change.
Unblock The Radiators
Your radiators are the main source of heat in your home, so don’t block them. When you block them, you also block the heat. The result is that the heat stays in one place and doesn’t spread around your property. By moving the furniture and large, bulky items out of the way, you can change that in a matter of minutes.
Light The Fire
Do you have a fireplace and a log or coal burner? Anyone that answers yes to that question has a fantastic source of heat them need to use. Fires will burn all day and give off tons of warmth, so keep it burning. If you keep the house open, the heat will also seep throughout your home.