Clever tricks for keeping your home warm in the winter months

Money
20 November 2020
Winter will be upon us soon, but staying warm and cosy in your home doesn’t need to cost the earth.

The good news is, there’s a lot you can do to keep yourself warm and your home well insulated, besides turning up the dial on your thermostat.

Here are a few tips for keeping your home warm this winter, without unnecessarily increasing your bills.

Block any draughts

Draughts will mean that you lose precious heat around your home, so it’s worth checking to see if there’s anything you can do about it.

You can use draught excluders at doors and letterboxes. You can also draw curtains as soon as the sun sets to prevent heat loss from windows. Curtains are a great tool for keeping out the cold. If you have thin curtains, consider upgrading to thicker and heavier curtains which will keep the warm in more effectively. However even in the winter, the sun is an effective – and free – way to heat up your home. So let the sun shine into your house during the day and close the curtains at night.

If you have a fireplace in your home you could be losing a lot of heat through it in winter. A chimney balloon will shut out cold air and prevent heat escaping. IThey're quick and easy to use, and can be removed when you next want to light a fire.

Pay attention to your radiators

Get your radiators prepared for the winter months by bleeding them to make sure they’re working to their full capacity. Radiators that have been properly prepared will help you get the most out of your heating system.

It’s also recommended to carefully consider which radiators you have on. Keep the radiators off or at a low temperature in any rooms you don’t use regularly use. Keeping the doors and windows shut in these rooms will also help keep the rest of the house warm.

A clever tip to prevent heat loss from radiators, especially those on external walls, is to use tin foil. Putting a layer of tin foil behind the radiator will stop heat being lost through the wall. Good quality kitchen tin foil will work, but you can also buy special radiator reflector foil specifically designed for this purpose.

Set the timer

Another way to be more economical about how you heat your home is to be smart about when your heating is on.

Setting a timer on your heating will mean your home is consistently warm when you need it to be and that you won’t be wasting any heat when you don’t need it.

You can set timers on modern heating systems to do all the hard work for you. It’s recommended that you set it to turn on just before you wake up in the morning, so that it’s warm when you get out of bed. Then scheduling it to turn on for a few hours from late afternoon to evening. Each home will be different, but this should be enough to keep you warm and comfortable in the winter.

Insulate your home

There are lots of ways to insulate your home in the winter months, as well as using curtains and the radiator tricks we mentioned earlier.

If you have hardwood floors in your home, a plush rug will help insulate and prevent heat loss. The fact that they feel warm and soft underfoot is a bonus!

Even with curtains, you could still lose a significant amount of heat from your windows if they’re not double-glazed. But you don’t necessarily need a pricey upgrade to rectify that. You can purchase a special inexpensive window film that will have a similar effect. You use it by attaching the film to the window and fixing it in place using a hair dryer. You can even buy decorative ones to add a bit of personality to your décor.

 

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