We all want to be comfortable at home without spending too much on our energy bills. Here are seven more low-cost ways of keeping your home feeling warm and snug over the winter months.
1. Shelve it
Putting a shelf above a radiator can help to channel heat out into the room rather than having it go straight up to the ceiling. This is an especially useful tip if you have an older house with high ceilings.
2. Keep clear
While we’re talking radiators, don’t put furniture like sofas in front of them as this will just absorb heatr and stop it from warming the rest of the room. Also don’t have long curtains in front of the radiator, make sure they stop just short so that heat isn’t channelled up to the window.
3. Shut it!
If you have spare rooms you don’t use very often, make sure you keep the door closed so as not to waste heat, and turn the radiator valve in there down without turning it off completely.
4. Floor it!
Gaps between floorboards can allow draughts into the room and contribute to heat loss. Carpets are an effective way of stopping this, but if you want the bare boards look you can lay engineered wood flooring from somewhere like http://www.ukflooringdirect.co.uk/engineered-wood-flooring, for a natural floor with no gaps.
5. Lofty ambition
One of the best ways of keeping heat in is to have your home properly insulated. It’s important to insulate the roof as this is where most heat is lost. Having this done professionally may be costly, but insulating the loft is a simple project that you can undertake yourself, as insulation can be bought cheaply from DIY stores.
6. Hatching out
While you’re insulating the roof, don’t neglect the loft hatch. You can seal up any draughts around the edge with the same type of draught strip used for doors and windows. You can also insulate the back of the hatch by gluing or stapling a plastic bag to it and putting insulation material inside.
7. Clock wise
All central heating systems have a timer but few people use it effectively. If it’s very cold it’s better to set the timer to come on half an hour or so earlier, rather than turning up the thermostat.