Keeping Your Home Warm in Winter Part Two
Read part two of our guide to keeping your home warm this winter.
As the temperatures proceed to drop, in the run-up to the festive period, we continue our two-part series of tips on how to keep your home warm in winter, whether you are a homeowner, a landlord or a tenant.
If the idea of stepping onto a cold bathroom floor, on a chilly winter morning, is the stuff of nightmares, then underfloor heating could be the solution for you.
There’s a misconception that underfloor heating is an expensive option, however, this couldn’t be further from the truth. As the floor is emitting heat, this means that a lower running temperature is required that works perfectly with condensing boilers.
Radiators can reach temperatures of 70 degrees, which are a great deal hotter than most of us are able to touch and increases the risk of scalding. However, the temperature of underfloor heating which is suitable for all types of flooring, including tile, wood, carpet, and stone, never go higher than your body temperature, making it safe for walking across in bare feet even by pets and young children.
Underfloor heating is suitable for all rooms of your home.
According to the Energy Saving Trust; “A quarter of heat is lost through the roof in an uninsulated house. [Therefore], insulating your loft, attic or flat roof is a simple and effective way to reduce heat loss and reduce your heating bills.”
There is a wide range of insulation options including Polyisocyanurate (PIR) Rigid Thermal Insulation.
Suitable For: Insulating both pitched and flat roofing, as well as floors, ceilings, and walls,
Thermal Performance: PIR is a rigid form of insulation that needs to be half the thickness of more traditional types of insulation whilst still offering the amount of thermal performance as you would expect.
Lightweight: Due to its smaller size, PIR boards are easier to move around making them quicker to install.
Cutting: The lightweight nature, combined with their rigidity makes cutting to size quick and easy, with a fine tooth saw.
Whilst insulating your home can be expensive for the initial installation, it is typically expected that you should never need to replace it, making it a great long-term investment.
It seems obvious, but blocking draughts is a simple but effective way of keeping your home warm and unless you have a newly built home, it is likely that there will be plenty of gaps around the property that are preventing your home from keeping warm. Some of the prime culprits for draughts include:
Internal Doors – Consider closing doors and placing a “sausage dog” across the bottom of your door
External Doors – Think about purchasing keyhole covers or brushes for letterboxes, as well as Draught Excluders. Also, think about locking cat flaps when possible.
Chimneys - If you have a fireplace that you never use, you might consider blocking it either temporarily or professionally.
Windows – Close your curtains at nightfall when temperatures are at their lowest, however, don’t be tempted to close your curtains all day as allowing the sun to enter your home whenever possible can help to warm the building up.
Something to remember when dealing with draughts is that as much as we want to keep our home warm, you still need to ensure that the building is properly ventilated to prevent mould growth whilst keeping the air your family breathe in fresh and healthy.
Therefore, ensure that you never block any essential vents in windows or walls, and consider airing out rooms by regularly opening windows.