Staying warm in winter is vital, especially for the young, old and those with disabilities. We aim to give you a number of tips to keep not only your home warm, keep on top of your bills and more importantly, safe. Keeping warm over the winter months can help prevent colds, flu, or more serious conditions such as heart attacks and strokes.
Freezing temperatures don’t mean a cold home. There are a number of inexpensive and even free things you can do to retain warmth!
First of all ensure you have good quality radiators and that these are properly maintained. Simply closing curtains or shutters at dusk has being proven to be effective at retaining heat as expensive double glazing. If your curtains aren’t heavily lined, you could tack a blanket to the back of them. You can also keep doors shut when the heating is on, especially if you congregate in one room during the evenings! You may also want to consider a draught excluder or foam strips to line the gaps where doors meet. Don’t neglect less obvious areas in which heat escapes, such as keyholes and letterboxes, inexpensive flaps are available for these areas.
In the standard British home, 15% of the heat is lost through the floor alone. Making checking floorboards and skirting boards for gaps important. Just by buying some beading or mastic sealant, you could save £25 off you annual heating bill. If you happen to be carrying out some work on your home, take the time out to insulate beneath floorboards to save another £50 per year.
Another 50% of heat lost in the home is through your walls and loft. The average British home could save up to £145 a year by installing loft insulation and £110 a year by installing cavity wall insulation. Most houses post 1920, have cavity walls, so insulation is an easy process. A hole is drilled into your external walls and then a nozzle is inserted which fills the walls with insulation. Saving you money for years to come.
If your house is older and has solid brick walls, as around half of UK houses do, the process is more complicated. Usually requiring the insulation to be plastered over. Although don’t rule out having insulation work carried out, Insulating your house is like putting a blanket over the entire structure, trapping the heat before it exits. Keeping your home warmer for longer and saving you money in the process!
It is also worth checking if you are getting the best deal for your energy bills. Switching to a different supplier can save you £££’s. Try checking comparison websites for an easy way of seeing what’s available.
Lastly, we give you some quick tips to help keep you and your house toasty warm! Drink warm beverages, Dress warmly, use smaller rooms, light some candles, put down a rug or carpet, stick some tin foil behind radiators, close off any unused rooms, double check all windows properly, grab a hot water bottle, double up your duvet.