It may only be mid-November, but it seems this year that winter has decided to start early. Temperatures are dropping; there are thick frosts at night and snow is falling across parts of the country. The only option it would seem is to climb under the duvet until spring. However, for most of us with busy lives hibernating until April isn’t really an option. That’s why we’ve decided to compile a selection of top tips to help you have a warm home this winter.
Top Tips for a Warm Home This Winter
Bleeding Your Radiators
Have you ever noticed your radiators clunking and banging as they warm-up? Or maybe your radiators are hot at the bottom but only lukewarm at the top? Both of these are clear signs that you need to bleed your radiators.
A radiator needs bleeding when pockets of air get trapped inside. The air stops the hot water in the heating system from circulating fully and working as it should. Radiators with air trapped inside will take longer to warm up or won’t heat up fully. This means your home won’t warm up as quickly when you put your heating on. Which, in turn, increases your heating bills as your boiler is having to work harder to heat your home.
- To bleed your radiators, you’ll need a radiator key which are available from all DIY shops.
- With your heating off locate the valve on the radiator. The valve is typically on one end of the radiator, positioned at the top.
- Hold a cloth under the valve with one hand and then, using the key, slowly turn the valve with the other hand.
- You’ll hear a hissing sound which is the trapped air escaping.
- When the hissing sound stops and water starts to leak out turn the key to close the valve.
- Follow this process with all your radiators and when complete pop the heating back on.
- Depending on the amount of air released you may need to re-pressurise your system. In this instance, consult your boiler manual or contact a specialist.
Draught Proof Your Home
Draft proofing your home is one of the simplest and cheapest ways you can save energy and help your home to feel warmer.
Most homes have some form of ventilation. This is necessary to allow fresh air in which reduces condensation and damp. However, any unwanted gaps should be blocked up to stop cold air entering your home and to prevent warm air from escaping.
Reducing the amount of warm air that is escaping from your home will reduce your energy bills.
Draught proofing can be done yourself, or you can hire a professional who will charge approximately £200 to draught-proof a whole house.
Invest in a New Boiler
If you have a boiler that is ten years old or more then consider changing it for a new model. The latest condensing boilers are far more energy-efficient and therefore cheaper to run. If you worry about putting your heating on in cold weather due to the costs then a new boiler could be the perfect solution.
New boilers are an investment. However, there are lots of great offers that allow you to spread the cost. At First 4 Plumbing, we specialise in boiler installation and provide interest-free boiler finance. A finance deal means that you can spread the cost of a new boiler over 2-years without paying more than the listed price.
Add Extra Loft Insulation
Around 25% of the heat your boiler produces will escape through your roof. Most homes will have loft insulation, but this may not be adequate to reduce heat loss. The recommended insulation depth is 270mm. If your current insulation falls below this level then consider upgrading.
Fit Reflective Radiator Panels
Radiator panels are a simple concept that can help you have a warm home this winter. Your radiator produces heat which warms both the room and the wall behind it. The heat being radiated towards the wall can be lost to the outside. Radiator panels have a reflective coating that stops the heat being lost through the wall and instead reflects it back into the room. It’s estimated that about 95% of the heat that would have been lost is instead now helping to heat your home.
Everyone Deserves a Warm Home This Winter
We hope you’ve found these tips useful and that you can put some of them into action. If you need any advice or have any questions about making your home more energy efficient then please get in touch.
First 4 Plumbing serve Mansfield and the surrounding area. We provide a full range of plumbing and central heating services to both commercial and domestic customers. For a no-obligation quote or to book an appointment please contact our engineers.