Keeping Your New House Warm Over the Winter
Posted: Tuesday October 31, 2017
New build homes are around six times more energy efficient than older homes. They come with double glazing and home insulation as standard. However, there are always extra things that you can do in the winter to keep your home warm and make the most of the energy you use. These little things add up and can make a difference to your energy bills over the year. After all, every little helps!
Put Your Heating on a Timer
Rather than having your heating on all day, set timers that fit with your schedule. For example, if you and your household wake up at 7am, set your heating to come on at 6am so that the house is nice and warm when you wake up. If no one is in the house during the day, have your heating switched off, and set your timer to come on an hour before you come home.
This is much better for your energy usage than getting home to a cold house and having to turn your heating on full blast.
Foil Your Radiator
Rather than spending your hard-earned money heating up the walls in your house, place tin foil behind your radiator to make the heat spread forwards into the room. The reflective surface sends the heatwaves into the room rather than be absorbed into the plaster. Just ordinary kitchen foil will work for this, or you can buy special reflective radiator roll that is designed to fit behind your radiator.
Open & Close Your Curtains
One effective way to keep your house warm is to let the sun heat your home during the day by opening all of your curtains or blinds. Then, when the sun is starting to go down, close them to insulate your home and trap the heat inside. It is best to have thick, double lined curtains or specialist blinds that help insulate your home. If you’re looking for new blinds, get in touch with our lifestyle experts at Oriel Lifestyle who can fit roller and vertical blinds in a variety of styles, patterns and colours to suit your home and budget.
Our new build homes come with double glazing as standard, but if you live in a house with single glazed windows you can buy a special film which mimics double glazing.
Block Your Chimney
If you have a chimney in your house, make sure you block it to stop heat escaping. You can buy special chimney balloons that are made specifically for this purpose.
Insulate Cat Flaps & Letter Boxes
You can also lose heat through cat flaps, letter boxes and even keyholes. If you can feel a big draft coming from these places in your home, it is worth installing new ones which will save you money in the long run. It is also worth going for a more expensive model of cat flap or letterbox which takes insulation into consideration, rather than buying a cheaper one. If a new one is out of the question, you should use draft proofing strips to seal the area around the device.
Move Your Furniture
Make sure that your sofas or other furniture isn’t blocking the heat from your radiators. These items of furniture will absorb the heat being emitted, meaning you’re heating up your sofa rather than your room. Reshuffle your furniture to make sure that your radiators are clear of obstacles.
Rugs & Carpets
Although wooden and laminate flooring is very popular, carpets do keep a room warmer and are a better form of insulation. They are also warmer to walk on. If you don’t have carpet, lay down rugs in rooms that you use the most to trap in the heat. Our team of expert carpet fitters at Oriel Lifestyle offer a no-obligation quote and free fitting within Merseyside, so get in touch with them if you’re considering a new carpet.
Do you have any energy saving tips? How do you keep your home warm in the winter? Let us know!