How to make your house warmer this winter

As winter approaches, temperatures drop, the days get shorter, and heating bills tend to increase significantly as you try to ensure your home remains warm and cosy. However you could be saving a significant amount on your energy bill whilst still keeping your home warm if it is well insulated, as rooms and the building as a whole will be able to retain the heat for much longer.

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But how do you make your house warmer this winter? Here at Insulation Superstore we’ve put together a guide of quick and easy fixes to reduce your heating bills and keep your home warm, so read on to find out more! If you have any questions or queries about keeping your house warm, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team of experts – call them on 01752 692206 or use the live chat in the bottom right hand corner.

Insulate doors and windows

One of the key areas of heat loss in a home is through windows and doors. Therefore, one of the first ways in which you can ensure your home stays warmer this winter is to ensure your doors and windows are well insulated, with no cracks or gaps around the frames which can let in cold air and draughts.

To ensure your doors and windows are well sealed, you can use threshold seals and weatherstrips. Weatherstrips are generally flexible lengths of silicone or foam, with a self-adhesive strip for easy installation, and can be installed around the entire window or door frame to ensure any gaps are sealed tightly. Choose from products such as the Expandastrip range from Isomass, or the Soudafoam PU foam from Soudal.

Thresholds can be installed at the bottom of doors in order to minimise draughts and heat loss through the gap at the bottom. Why not opt for the iKoustic automatic door seal and threshold plate for maximum draught prevention? The iKoustic product reduces airflow through the bottom of the door leaf, and is activated when the door closes so that the gap between the door and the threshold is minimised.

Radiator insulation

Radiators have long been used to heat up rooms, but they can be incredibly inefficient if external walls are poorly insulated, as the heat will be lost through the walls almost immediately. A great way to combat this is to install a reflective insulation behind the radiator. This will help to reflect heat back into the room, and prevent it from being lost through poorly insulated external walls. We’d recommend the SuperFOIL radiator pack for quick and easy radiator insulation.

Pipe lagging

Installing pipe lagging or pipe insulation around your pipes is a great way to help improve energy efficiency, reduce heat loss and ensure your home stays warm. Heat is often lost through pipes as warm water travels through the system, so by insulating these pipes you help them retain their warmth, meaning less energy is required to retain the desired temperature, and your home stays warmer for less.

Smart heating

Using smart heating and smart thermostats, you can set the temperature of the main room in your house to between 18 and 21 degrees, and ensure that the heating turns off as soon as the desired temperature is reached. By doing so, you prevent excess energy from being used to continue to heat the room. Additionally, smart heating can be used to heat the house whilst you’re on your way home, so that once you’re home the house is already warm and does not need continually heating throughout the evening.

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Insulate the loft hatch

Ensuring your loft is insulated is a great way to keep your house warmer this winter, but it is also relatively expensive and time consuming. A quicker and easier way of retaining heat is to ensure your loft hatch is well insulated, which means less heat is lost into the loft. It is also recommended to ensure your loft hatch is insulated even if the loft itself is already insulated. Choose from a range of insulated loft hatches from the range here at Insulation Superstore.

Service your boiler

If your boiler is relatively old, or has not been serviced in a few years, it will not be working at optimum efficiency. By getting your boiler serviced annually, not only will it be maintained in good working order, meaning it is less likely to break and result in high unexpected costs, but it will also be much more efficient, and able to heat your home to a higher temperature using less energy, also saving money.

Heavyweight curtains

Another relatively quick and easy method of ensuring your home remains warm this winter is to fit heavyweight curtains over windows and even doors if desired. By adding an extra barrier between the windows and doors and the internal environment, you’re creating an extra layer that helps retain heat within the room.

Rugs

If you have wooden flooring in your home, laying rugs down is a great way to retain heat and keep your home warmer this winter. Wooden floors are often one of the main culprits of heat loss within a home due to their loose structure, so be adding an extra layer you are helping to retain heat within the room, as well as making it more comfortable underfoot.

Need any help or advice finding the best insulating products for your home this winter? Just chat with our team of experts, by calling 01752 692206, or use the live chat in the bottom right hand corner and they will help you out.

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