While the weather is beginning to improve, there is nothing quite like a warm, cosy home, perfect for relaxing during the lockdown period. However, for many, there seems to be a constant fight between keeping your home at a comfortable temperature and trying to keep energy usage at a low, preventing a skyrocket in bills at the end of the month. Luckily, there are many handy tips and tricks at both ends of the price scale which will help to boost your energy efficiency. So to give you a helping hand, we have put together a guide on how to make your house warmer, including ten proven techniques!
A Full Guide On How To Make Your House Warmer
As a company actively trying to help homeowners become more environmentally friendly, we have spent years researching into the most effective ways that you can keep your home at the ideal temperature, without relying on energy usage. Our Immersun device has been specifically designed to allow those with solar panels to make the most out of the energy that they generate. As opposed to sending surplus energy back to the grid, the Immersun diverts the power into a designated load. The majority of our customers opt for using their solar power diverter to heat water, which can then not only be used for showering and bathing but also radiators. Together with the iLink and Wireless Sensor, this enables customers to reduce their reliance on the grid, while keeping their house warm.
Along with the Immersun, there are a number of other ways that you can keep your home warm without always having to turn up your central heating. Some of the ideas in our guide are super easy to complete and gives you something productive to keep you occupied during a day in quarantine. Others are a more significant investment, which you can plan while the nation is in lockdown and implement when life returns to normal. Without further ado, let’s get started on our ten ways to warm up your home:
- Install Underfloor Heating
- Maximise Your Insulation
- Block Out Draughts
- Fit A Programmable Thermostat
- Try Bleeding The Radiators
- Take Advantage Of Natural Light
- Rearrange Furniture
- Keep Doors Closed
Install Underfloor Heating
If you are hoping to add a modern touch to your home post-quarantine, then installing underfloor heating would be perfect. It is also ideal for those with wooden or stone flooring as these are one of the most common culprits for making a room feel colder.
So what is underfloor heating? Well, by definition, underfloor heating is just as the name suggests, a form of central heating which is installed underneath your flooring to help to keep your home cosy. Fundamentally, underfloor heating transforms your entire flooring into one big radiator using complex pipework, whether this may be in the bathroom, kitchen or across the whole property. Once installed, underfloor heating is controlled by thermostats which can be set to maintain either a consistent temperature across the entire system or different temperatures based on the zone (rooms in your home).
When considering installing underfloor heating, you must determine whether you would like an electric or water system; both of which are relatively easy to install. We would always recommend opting for the water option as it will work out more cost-effective and you can link your Immersun to your system. This, again, will allow you to power your underfloor heating for free using only the energy generated from your solar panels and stored using the power diverter. You can request a quotation for this property upgrade from Bishop Heating & Plumbing, who are specialists in the installation of underfloor heating in Milton Keynes.
Maximise Your Insulation
Insulation plays a pivotal role in keeping your home warm but, particularly if you own an older property, it may not be equipped with the adequate level of insulation required to prevent heat loss. The key responsibility of insulation is to stop any heat from transferring to and from the property, keeping it warm in the colder months and cool in the summer. It should be installed not only in the roof and loft but also the walls, ceilings and floors.
When choosing to maximise your home’s insulation, there will be various options available based on your requirements. These include:
- Matting – As the most widely used insulation type for lofts, walls, and flooring, matting is available in a range of different thicknesses meaning that it can be altered to fit with your properties specific needs.
- Insulation Boards – These are commonly used on walls, flooring and roofing as the boards are made from a foam plastic, making it super easy to be cut to size. You must enlist a professional to install insulation boards.
- Loose Fill – If you are hoping to improve loft insulation, then loose fill would be the best route. This is made using various materials, including wool and fibre, which allows it to be used to fill sharp corners and small contours between beams.
- Blown Insulation – Made using a mix of mineral wool and cellulose fibre, blow insulation is installed with specialist equipment which seals the particles onto surfaces. Due to the nature of the loose fibres, this can be used to insulate across the home.
For more information on insulating your home, broken down into each area of the property, take a look at Energy Saving Trust.
Block Out Draughts
Many homeowners do not realise that, while their home may be fitted with the highest quality of insulation, they are still losing a considerable amount of heat via draughts. In fact, according to YouGen, older homes, in particular, could be losing up to 20% of their heat merely down to draughts. Thankfully, there are several different ways in which you can draught-proof your home; all of which can be done independently through DIY methods.
First and foremost, we suggest tackling your windows. The easiest way to spot whether cold air is seeping into your home through your windows is to try the candle test. Simply light a candle and carefully walk towards your window. Begin gently moving the candle around the window frame; if the flame begins to flicker, then you have a draught. In this instance, we suggest ordering some self-adhesive foam strips, which take a matter of minutes to install, successfully filling any gaps between the glazing and the frame.
Another key culprit for draughts are doors, which have several points which may allow cold air to creep its way into your home. If you have any gaps around the edges of your door frame, then the self-adhesive foam strips can also be used to solve this. For those with draughts coming from the bottom, on the other hand, we recommend purchasing a hinged flap draught excluder.
Fit A Programmable Thermostat
If you are struggling to keep your home at the perfect temperature at particular points of the day, for example, when you wake up in the morning or the evening as you settle, then installing a programmable thermostat would be ideal. A programmable thermostat allows you to have full control over your central heating system, helping to not only keep your home warm but also boost efficiency and keep your energy bills low. Moreover, as the majority of programmable thermostats are now digital, they couldn’t be easier to use.
It is entirely your choice as to whether you opt for a digital or smart thermostat; both of which will serve the same purpose but just operate in slightly different ways. They are used to schedule specific times in which you would like your central heating to turn on and off automatically, along with what temperature it will reach. For instance, many homeowners programme their central heating to switch on around half an hour before they wake up for work in the morning, meaning that the home will be nice and warm when they step out of bed. This will help to keep your home warm at the times of the day where you need it the most. Check out Best Advisor for the best thermostats available on the market.
Try Bleeding The Radiators
In some cases, the reason why you are struggling to keep your home warm may be as simple as your radiator needs bleeding. It isn’t uncommon for your radiator to require bleeding and is caused by a build-up of small pockets of air, which prevent the water from being able to circulate efficiently. If your radiators appear to be taking considerably longer to heat up or you have noticed cold spots, then this is a good indication that it needs to be bled. This is a task that can be done without professional assistance through following these steps:
- Turn off your central heating and wait until your radiators are completely cold.
- Place an old cloth or towel underneath the radiator valve; this will catch any excess water and prevent damaging your flooring.
- Use a radiator key to open the radiator valve, slowly turning it anti-clockwise.
- You should then start to hear a hissing sound; this is positive and shows that the air is escaping.
- When the hissing sound stops, and you begin to notice water leaking, close the valve by turning it anti-clockwise with the key.
Take Advantage Of Natural Light
You would be surprised how much natural light can help to heat your home and even better, it’s completely free! So, next time that you head to turn your central heating up a few degrees, first, take a look outside. If the sun is shining, then use this to your advantage by opening all blinds and curtains, allowing sunlight to stream in. Then, the moment that the sun starts to set, close your curtains or blinds to keep all of that natural heat inside the home. You could even consider purchasing curtains with a thermal lining to ensure that no valuable heat is lost from your home in the evening and overnight.
Take a look at the layout of your living room, dining room and bedroom. Are your radiators open or are they blocked with furniture? If your answer is the latter, then this could be the super straightforward reason as to why you feel as if you have to keep turning your heating up more to notice a difference. When your radiator is blocked by furniture, the hot air cannot circulate around the room, which means that you’re likely to find that it will feel hot to touch, but your home will still be relatively cool. This also applies if you were to put clothes on the radiator to dry, so we suggest doing this throughout the day or overnight when you are not relying as much on your central heating. Alternatively, you could consider picking up a drying rack, which can be used instead of the radiators altogether.
Keep Doors Closed
If you have specific rooms which you use regularly, then a great way to keep these cosy and warm is to shut the doors. Particularly as many of us are all now working from home, it would be a good idea to close the door of the room that you are working in overnight. This will ensure that the warmth is trapped and the space is a comfortable temperature when you return to working the next morning.
Along with the above, you should also consider closing the doors of any rooms which are not used frequently. This acts as a barrier between these rooms and the remainder of your home, meaning that the heat will circulate in the rooms that you are using and will not be wasted in those that are not.
Keeping Your Home Cosy, All Year Round
Regardless of the time of year, it is always important to keep your home at a steady, comfortable temperature. Our ideas above are just some of the many ways in which you can alter your property to improve its ability to retain heat. You can either begin to make slight changes now to keep your home warm while in lockdown or begin planning renovations that you would like to schedule when restrictions have been lifted.