Winter Tips - Part 2
Here three more great tips to help you keep your house warm without incurring huge costs on your power bills.
- Check your insulation: Hot air rises, in fact about 25% of your heat can be lost through the roof. You can reduce this by making sure you have insulation correctly installed in your roof space. Likewise, heat will be lost through your walls, so wall insulation is also important (but more difficult & costly to fit). The thing to keep in mind is that by using insulation you will save on your power bills, so while it may cost you a little initially, the long-term savings can make it worthwhile.
- Think about your space: One way to conserve heat is to make sure doors and vents are closed in the rooms you are not using. If you have ceiling fans, make sure you have switch them to the winter settings (reverse). If you have a fireplace that is not being used, make sure the flue is closed. If it is ornamental it is worth closing off completely, as chimneys can suck the heat right out of the home (however, be sure to remember you have blocked it off and don’t try to light it again!)
- Block the draughts: We probably all remember our grandparents having ‘sausage dogs’ against their doors in winter, and these are a great way of keeping the wind from the door. Of course, there are many other options to draft proof your house now, and most are DIY. Self-adhesive draught excluders are available for windows and doors; these are not expensive and are very easy to install yourself.