The issues that blighted 2020 seem to show no signs of abating for 2021 and we start the year off in a cold snap, it makes sense you will want to look for ways to heat your home more efficiently. Despite dads being depicted as tight-fisted by not allowing the family to adjust the heating thermostat, there is sense behind the popular meme that has been spawned in that keeping your home at a consistent temperature will help to reduce heating costs and find cost efficient heating options.
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But how can you reasonably look to keep your home warm this winter without the huge outlay? We look at some ideas to help you here.
Boilers and Heaters
Boilers frequently break down during this time of year. Why is that? It is usually a combination of being sat unused for months during the summer and autumn and general wear and tear due to age. Before opting to choose a new boiler, it may be worth checking if your boiler needs oil. Oil boilers require a steady supply of oil to make sure they can generate heat. Check this initially if you are having issues with your boiler. For bigger properties or for landlords who have oil boilers or oil heaters in their properties you may find it wise to invest in 200L GAS OIL DRUMS to avoid running out of oil at the worst times. You may find it useful to have a small heater around the home if your home doesn’t have central heating or it uses a lot of energy to heat up.
Alternatively, newer boilers are more often more energy efficient and while they can be expensive to replace, older models can often be a drain on finances due to faults and obsolete parts.
Not only putting more layers on your body but around your home too. Think door curtains to cut down on drafts from room to room. Layering rugs on wooden floors or tiles to add warmth to otherwise colder areas and decorate your rooms with additional throw cushions and blankets that are kept close to hand so you can grab a blanket as opposed to putting the heating on.
Floor-length curtains to stop heat escaping through windows will also add warmth to your home too, as will adding foil behind your radiators to reflect heat into the room and to stop it being absorbed into the walls.
There are many parts of your home that you insulate. From having sufficient loft insulation to stop heat escaping through your roof to lining areas of your home that are below ground level. Insulate your floors as mentioned above with rugs or carpets if possible – historically sheepskin rugs were used for exactly this purpose. Invest in window insulation kits to help you draft proof windows that are letting cold air in and out as a temporary fix. This is usually reserved for damaged double glazed windows or older single glazed windows commonly found in listed buildings or older properties.