Staying warm can be difficult, especially during the winter months when the temperatures routinely hover at or below freezing for long stretches.
Therefore, keeping your home cosy and warm is important, but it can be very expensive. Heating bills can go through the roof at winter time which is why we felt the need to come up with some tips for insulating your home that’ll help shield you against the cold properly this winter.
Whether you’re after small steps to make your home that little bit toastier or looking at making substantial alterations to make it as energy efficient as possible, there are plenty of things you can do to get rid of unwanted draughts.
Fill the floorboards
Stripped floorboards look fantastic, but the small gaps between the boards can let cold air in. Try using a silicone-based filler to prevent draughts sweeping in through the gaps.
Insulate the doors
Whether your door is old or new, it could still benefit from fitting draught-proofing strips between the door and the frame. This can work for both internal and external doors.
Seal the windows
If your home has a draught, patch it up. Filling in the gaps around windows can help you save on your heating bills, so spending a few pounds on window draught excluder – an insulating tape – is a great investment.
Use heavyweight curtains
Thermal-lined curtains can help you keep the cold out more effectively, especially if you have single-glazed windows. At the very least, make sure your curtains are lined.
Heat your home not your just your walls
Cover a thin sheet of card with tinfoil and place it behind your radiators. It’ll reflect the heat back into your rooms, meaning they warm up faster and retain more heat.
If DIY isn’t your thing, you can also buy ready made foil insulation.
Bleed your radiators
Check your radiators are heating right to the top. If they aren’t, the chances are you need to learn how to bleed a radiator.
British Gas recommend that by bleeding the radiator you are releasing the trapped air at the top, which is stopping the hot water from rising.
Simply use a radiator bleed key to open the little valve at the top. You’ll hear air hiss and as soon as you see a drip of water, close it up again.
Use the oven to heat the house
Once dinner comes out of the oven, we all close the door again.
Why waste that heat? Leave the oven door open and let the heat transfer slowly into your kitchen, it’ll help keep your house warm while you eat. And, naturally, keep the kids away from the door.