Friday, 11 October 2019

Keeping your home warm for less this winter

Now that the weather is getting a little colder I have started preparing the family for winter. I’ve found that sorting things like the heating system out early saves money and makes things less stressful.

Get your heating system ready

There is nothing worse than going to turn the heating on only to find that your boiler, radiators or thermostat are faulty. 

Waiting for a couple of weeks for things to get fixed is no fun. If you check your heating system early, you can find any issues and get them fixed without joining a long list of customers who are waiting for the engineer to get to them.

Buying your heating oil early from emoor a supplier that covers your area, is also a good idea.

If you leave it to the last moment, the chances are you will have to wait a week or two for delivery. During which time, everyone in the family will feel cold and miserable.

Plus, buying early gives you the chance to shop around for the best deal. So, does booking your boiler service early.

Consider upgrading your thermostat

These days, most people use a thermostat. If you are not doing so, consider installing one. One that you can program to keep your home at different temperatures throughout the day is what you really need. 

When everyone is out at school or work, there is no need to keep your rooms as warm. Even if you already have a thermostat you might benefit from upgrading it to a smarter one. You can read all about selecting and installing the right one for your home by clicking here.

Keep more of the heat in

If you have not done so for some time, check your insulation and look for draughts. 

Installing another layer in the loft, or insulating the underside of yourroof tiles may be beneficial. Most energy suppliers provide advice that will enable you to work out whether this is a good idea for you or not.

On the next cold and windy day, go around your home and check for draughts. Fix any that you find. It is surprising how much colder you feel if you are sitting in a draught. Plus, of course, if cold air can get in the warm air you generate will likely be escaping that way too. 

Filling those gaps and fitting draught exclusion products where necessary does not take long and it can make a huge difference to how warm your home feels. You will not need the heating on as much, which is bound to save you money.

Get the heat to circulate more effectively

So, can making the best use of the heat your heating system generates. Simple things like creating a proper gap between your furniture and radiators can make a huge difference. Keeping your curtains closed at night keeps more of the heat in the room. 

Putting rugs down over tile floors also helps a great deal. A lot less heat is wasted heating up your flooring when you do this.

Getting the above tasks will make it far easier for you to keep your home warm and cosy, this winter. If you start now and do one task each weekend you will definitely be ready for the cold weather.