Category: Heating Hacks

How To Ensure Your Home Is Kept Warm During Cold Weather

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Whilst for some the cold weather may be months away, certain places of the world are experiencing one of their coldest winters yet. As the temperature continues to drop it’s important to ensure your home is a safe and hospitable environment for all the family. Whether it’s ensuring your boiler is in good condition or making sure everyone wraps up warm during the night, staying warm during winter is vital if you want to stay healthy and well.

 

With that in mind, here are 6 ways to ensure your home is kept warm during cold weather:

 

 

  • Ensure Your Heating Comes On Using A Timer

 

 

If you don’t want to have your heating on 24/7 there is a function that allows you to set your boiler so that it comes on and off using a timer. Most people tend to set theirs so that it comes on early in the morning and goes off late at night, avoiding having it on overnight. Whilst this is the most energy efficient way to use your heating, others prefer to use their heating throughout the night when they’re home rather than during the day when they’re at work. Make sure you find out what works best for you.

 

 

  • Fix Any Areas That May Be Causing A Draft

 

 

If you find that in certain rooms you can feel a draft it’s important that you get them fixed as soon as possible. Not only will it mean you’re wasting money on heating, but it also means that you’ll find it home to heat your house to its full potential.

 

 

  • Invest In Some Decent Insulation

 

 

Most new builds will be fully insulated, however, if your house is more than 10-20 years old it may be worth checking with a contractor whether or not you have the correct insulation. If not, consider investing in it to help keep the heat in during the colder months.

 

 

  • Wrap Up Warm And Make The Most Of Your Blankets

 

 

Although the heating may be more than enough, sometimes it helps to make sure everyone at home is wrapping up warm and making use of your blankets. Getting cosy during cold weather is one of the best things about winter, especially if you have some good snacks and great movies to watch!

 

 

  • Keep Windows And Doors Closed Where Possible

 

 

Obviously, you will need to open doors when you leave the house, but keeping them closed at all other times will ensure the heat stays in. This will save money, and avoid any cold spells throughout the house.

 

 

  • Ensure Your Boiler Is Serviced And In Good Condition

 

 

Ensuring your boiler is in good condition is the best way to avoid any disasters during the colder months. Being left without heating and hot water during winter can be damaging to both you and your families health, so making sure your boiler has had its yearly service is vital. Ensure you have everything you need to keep you warm, including the correct water pressure booster system for larger houses.

 

Do you have any top tips to ensure your home is kept warm during winter? Let me know in the comment section below.

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Easy Home Heating Hacks

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Now that the home is suitably cold every day and you find yourself wrapping up in more and more layers every evening, it’s time to start thinking about heating up the home. January is the coldest month of the year and it is always met with harsh winds, snow and lots of rain. When you come home you will want to be surrounded by warmth and with these easy hacks you will be.

 

Insulate everything

 

Insulate your walls, insulate your roof, insulate your floor, insulate your cow…wait, we’re getting mixed up with Mulan here. Anyway, if there is a place in your home right now which currently has no insulation: fill it up! Insulation is what protects the home from the cold outside as well as locking in the heat to stop it from escaping through the walls. Heating is super expensive and insulation can bring down your bills by a country mile.

 

Cook slow cooker meals

 

Is there really any reason why you wouldn’t want to cook a warming stew this winter? Slow cooker meals like these are exactly what you need in the cold, damp weather and they have the added benefit of warming the whole house up with them. If you place everything in a pot and cook it in the oven for a few hours you will be making some amazing food while keeping the whole house toasty too!

 

Secure the doors

 

One of the things which a lot of people don’t think about when they are doing up their home is to secure the doors and make sure there aren’t any gaps in the window frames. This is super important for heat conservation because when there are gaps in doors and windows the cold air can get into the home much more easily. This is why you should always use draught excluders if you can to keep the heat locked in.

 

Light candles

 

If you want to spread some calming scents and bring a nice atmosphere to the home as well as keep it warm, candles are your best friend. Candles can be a cheap way to heat the house up in the evenings and they will provide a soft glow of light to help you all settle down and feel relaxed at the end of the day. You can either choose lots of little tealights or buy one large festive candle which can sit on the mantelpiece. It can be the ideal thing to do to keep your home toasty and the family feeling cosy.

 

Get a better boiler

Sometimes the reason why your home isn’t staying warm can go beyond the regular explanations and it could be that your boiler is in need of fixing or being replaced. If you think your boiler is becoming weak you can call in All Hours Plumbing and HVAC water heating repair and they will be able to either fix your boiler or replace it to make sure your home can stay warm all season long.

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