The UK is well-known for its unpredictable weather. One day you could be hosting a BBQ in your garden and the next day you’re wrapping yourself up in blankets to keep warm inside. What does this mean? Simply put, having the right heating system in your house is vital if you want a happy household.
With the above in mind, here are our top tips for keeping your house warm without making drastic changes to your home.
- Bleed your radiators
Do you know if all of your radiators are working to their full potential? If you don’t simply go to each radiator in your home when your heating is on and check whether they’re heating up to the top. If they’re not, they may need bleeding.
Bleeding a radiator is extremely simple. All you need is a compatible key (purchasable from a variety of places, from DIY shops to Amazon). Once you’ve got a key, use it to simply open the little valve at the top of your radiator. You’ll hear air escape and as soon as you see a drop of water, close it.
- Close your curtains
Curtains act as an extra layer of insulation to keep your rooms warm when it’s cold outside. The thicker the curtain, the better. But closing any curtain will provide an additional layer to keep the cold out and the heat in.
- Get your boiler serviced
It’s not a glamourous task, but your boiler needs looking after just like a car or your own body. Getting your boiler serviced could make a big difference to how fast your home heats up or how much your boiler has to work to maintain a comfortable temperature. Whatever you do, do not try and do this yourself. Only an engineer who is Gas Safe registered should undertake the inspection and any required work.
- Move your sofas
Many homes have radiators in places where you’d typically also place a sofa. This results in you putting your sofa in front of your radiator and the result is your sofa will be lovely and warm inside, but the rest of the room may not be. Simply moving your sofas can make a huge difference, as it allows the heat to circulate in your room.
- Draught proof your home
Draughts not only do the obvious – make your room colder. They can also have a psychological impact. Getting a cold breeze on your arm can make you feel a lot colder than you actually are. You can either look to patch it up yourself or if you have too many for you to handle, you can speak to experts (such as us) and potentially even get a grant to cover the cost!
- Put tinfoil to good use
Did you know that simply placing tin foil behind your radiators will reflect the heat into your rooms? Don’t bother with pre-made foil insulation if you’re going to do-it-yourself. Tin foil that you’re likely to have in your kitchen is more than enough for the job.
That’s it! Following these simple steps can help you boost the efficiency of your heating and keep everyone happy under your roof. After reading this article, we hope you can see that little changes in your home can make a big difference.