Heating Tips for Winter
As temperatures plummet, you may be looking for cost-effective ways to keep your home warm and snug. After all, energy prices are still on the high side so it’s important to be as efficient as possible. With this in mind, here are five home heating tips for winter.
- Draught-Proof Your Property
Draught-proofing should be carried out every year to ensure cold air doesn’t blow through gaps in your property and significantly reduce the temperature of your inside space. Use insulating tape or caulk to seal around doors and windows and invest in some thicker curtains for your bedroom windows and living room. Draught excluders are also a good investment, and if you notice draughts coming through your flooring, squirt flexible fillers into the gaps.
- Have Your Boiler Serviced
An inefficient boiler will burn through more fuel and send your heating bills sky high. So, be sure to book a boiler servicing appointment before the mercury drops to ensure it’s working efficiently. All components will be inspected and any problems identified will be resolved so that you can enjoy a reliable source of heating during the colder months.
- Have Your Heat Pump Serviced
Whether you rely on a heat pump only to keep your house warm or a hybrid system, booking heat pump servicing is a must this winter. While air-source heat pumps are designed to last for 20 years or more and require very little maintenance, an annual service is recommended for your system to remain fully operational and efficient.
As a note: If you’ve a hybrid boiler/heat pump system and your bills are higher than usual, it’s worth checking that your boiler isn’t kicking in unnecessarily. It should only support the heat pump in extremely low temperatures or if your home is particularly big and cold.
- Reduce Your Boiler Flow Temperature
With your heating systems functioning economically, you can look to make a few other changes to help reduce your energy bills. If you have a combi boiler, for example, you may be able to set it to a lower flow temperature. So, instead of heating water to 70-80°C, you could heat it to 55-60°C and use less gas. You can make this change yourself, but it’s worth checking with a reputable boiler technician to see if your radiators are big enough to heat your home with the water at a lower temperature.
- Invest in Carpets and Rugs
Wooden floors might look attractive, but they can let heat escape easily. For the winter months, it would be advisable to roll out some thick rugs. Or if you want more of a long-term solution, then investing in carpets is a good idea. Unless you have underfloor heating, walking on carpets and rugs will help to keep your feet warmer too.
If you’re looking to heat your home efficiently this winter, contact Aura Heating. Our Gas Safe registered and MCS Certified installers cover Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Dorset, South London, Berkshire and Wiltshire.