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As seen on the Guardian Top tips for keeping your home warm this winter

5 Top Tips for Effectively Keeping Your Home Warm This Winter

Rhodri Andrews

Winter is a particularly difficult time for many people, especially when trying to maintain a warm home for you and your family. Below is a list of some of the best ways to keep your house heated, not only during the winter, but throughout the year too.

Insulation

This is probably one of the most efficient ways to keep the cold out, and the heat in. By installing your home out with high quality insulation, whether that is within the wall cavities, loft space, around your hot water tank, or around pipes, you’ll be sure to feel the benefits. Insulating your loft is extremely beneficial and cost effective; with good insulation, you should find that it will last for around 40 years and save you upto £250 off your enegy bills (ref:http://bit.ly/1rKVZgL).

Window, floors and doors

A simple, but often over-looked, method of reducing your heat loss, is to keep doors shut throughout your property. You’ll therefore have fewer large gaps for heat to escape through. Likewise, draught proofing any gaps around the edges of windows is a particularly easy method of heat loss prevention. You should perhaps also think about investing in double-glazing your windows too. Doing this before the winter is essential, as you don’t want to be without windows whilst they’re being replaced in a cold snap!

Have a think about your flooring too. If you have traditional floorboards, then this is another place where heat can escape. You can fill in any access gaps with filler, which is cheap and easy to buy. It also creates a professional finish to your home.

Any unnecessary gaps within your doors can be filled too. For example, keyholes that aren’t in use anymore. Another particularly good tip is to make sure your letterbox either has a flap or brush, so that there isn’t just a gap in your front door. This is also good for security too.

Layer up
Get nice and cosy. Wearing more jumpers, socks and slippers around the house, and putting an extra blanket on the bed means you won’t be tempted to turn the heating up.

Go easy on heating

Run your heating for just one hour less every day Keep the air flow vents on your electric heaters clear of obstructions. Turn down your thermostat by one degree and you could save up to £65 a year
Source: Energy Saving Trust, 2008
Radiator bleeding

It can be easy to ignore the fact that your radiators will need bleeding at some point during their existence. In fact, bleeding them regularly can prolong the life of your central heating system. Radiator bleeding is a simple and easy task, which involves removing any excess air that may have become trapped within the radiator. You can tell whether this has occurred or not by placing your hand on the top of the radiator and comparing it with the temperature of the bottom or sides. If there’s a significant different, then it’s probably a sign that you should bleed the radiator. It’s also beneficial to bleed the rest of your radiators when this happens.

Stop the heat from your radiators escaping

Did you know that putting radiator panels behind the radiators could reduce your heating bill by up to 20% or £60 per year? Try them, and see the difference they can make

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