Many households are fretting about their usage over the winter months. So, the question is, is it possible to make your home warmer without turning up the heating? Michael Reading at Housetastic has several cost-effective ways to heat your home without paying for extra fuel.
How warm should a house be?
First up, how warm is warm? While you may squabble with your housemate or partner about the thermostat, the optimum temperature that’s recommended is 21°C, so anything from 18-22°C should do the trick.
How to make a room warmer
While it’s so tempting to whack the heating up to warm up a room there are lots of other clever ways to make a room warmer. Firstly, good insulation in your walls and flooring will help, but there are other tricks so you can cheat your way to a warmer space. Read on to find out more…
Here are several ways to keep your house warm without heating:
Rejig your furniture
Thinking about the position of your furniture is a simple way that could save you money on energy and keep your home warmer. “Any furniture which covers radiators will prevent heat from travelling around the room,” Michael explains. “Even just a partial blocking will limit the amount of heat omitted.”
Plus, in the winter, it is advised that you move your furniture away from any external walls. “You will notice the colder air more if you are sat against an external wall, so try and keep furniture against internal walls. You will feel more comfortable and less obliged to turn the heating on.”
Invest in insulation
Although this is a more expensive method, making sure your home is properly insulated is one of the most cost-effective ways to save you money in the long run. “Insulating walls is a key part of having a thermal-efficient, and therefore more eco-friendly home, as heat is retained inside. While the average budget for renovating a full house can be up to £7,000, the savings that come from doing this are worthwhile.”
Think about your habits
It is so common to turn the heating on as soon as the temperature starts to drop, however, this can be a costly habit. “If possible, try and see whether or not you really need to turn the heating on, especially when it’s earlier in the autumn months,” Michael advises.
Many older properties, with single glazed windows and doors, may result in allowing outdoor air inside and the heat to escape outside. “Assess all of your windows and doors and see whether there are gaps in the frame which allow draughts to move freely. If there are significant draughts which can’t be easily covered, then it would be worth investing in stronger doors with at least double glazing,” Michael advises.
Use rugs and curtains
Uninsulated floors can account for up to 10 per cent of heat loss, especially if the floors are bare and not properly insulated. “If you have wooden flooring, with considerable gaps between the planks, then thick rugs can prevent the warm air from escaping,” Michael suggests.
A considerable amount of heat is lost through a home’s windows; however, curtains are a great solution to preventing this from becoming any worse. “Curtains aid in heat retention, working to restrict the flow of air between the warmth of your home to the cold outside,” Michael explains. “Heavier curtains will act as a barrier, preventing air from flowing from the window.”