During winter, a lot of people begin to look up ways to keep the house warm. This is especially difficult if the house is old and has poor insulation. Here is a list of ways to keep the house warm during the winter – including options that reduce heat loss, provide heat to the home or stabilize the amount of heat at the level it is needed.
Make use of curtains
Open the curtains during the day to utilize the heat from the sun, which is basically free of charge. When it gets dark, have the curtains shut, providing an extra insulating layer which would help to keep the rooms warm. Check for leaks and gaps in the curtains to ensure that the warm air does not leave the rooms and cold air does not come in.
Have the boiler upgraded
This might be necessary if the boiler is more than 10 years. Old boilers may need to be replaced with newer, more efficient models. If the boilers are new, there are lesser chances of having issues with keeping the house warm during the winter season. You should contact your boiler service professional for boiler installation, boiler repair or boiler installation.
Have thermostatic radiator valves installed
Having heating controls and thermostatic radiator valves installed will result in about 40% energy savings, compared to a house with no heating controls. Other than the cost it reduces, thermostatic radiator valves allow the owner program the heating to come on at pre-established times. Some new and smart thermostats can be remotely controlled by mobile devices.
Install radiator panels
These relatively cheap and easy to install appliances help to reflect the heat back into the room. Radiator panels help to ensure that the radiators warm up the room and not the walls.
Replace bathroom exhaust vent switches with timer switches
This helps so that vents are not left on by accident. Vents should only be used as needed and the bathroom door could be left open to let steam escape into the house instead.
Insulate the floor
Cold should not be allowed to radiate up from the floor. A floor not insulated can cause more heat loss to the home. Floors should be insulated with rugs and/or carpets.
Insulate the attic access
Attic access or attic doors can provide huge amount of heat loss. For a warmer home during the winter, ensure that the attic is very well insulated.
Move furniture away from vents
If any furniture has been unknowingly placed in front of heating vents, find a way to move them, at least for the winter. This is to ensure that the room gets its heating potential up to the maximum.