Even though we’ve not had the warmest of summers here in the UK, it’s likely that you’ve managed to go a few months without heating your home. But with autumn approaching and the temperatures taking a dip, now’s the time to think about how you can heat your home efficiently.
To give you a helping hand, we’ve shared some of our tip tips on how to heat your home and keep it feeling cosy this autumn.
1. Keep out the draughts
If your heating is on but your home isn’t feeling warm, it’s likely that heat is escaping out of your windows or doors. Whilst most people think to insulate their windows and invest in double-glazing, many forget that heat can escape under the bottom of doors. Cold air can also get in this way too. The best way to prevent this from happening is to pick up some draught excluders from your local DIY shop. They’re reasonably affordable and will help you keep the heat in, whilst also allowing you to cut down on your energy bills.
2. Buy a water tank jacket
A great way to ensure your home stays warm in the autumn is to invest in a new jacket for your water cylinder. These can be purchased for under £20.00 and can cut heat loss by up to 75%, making them well worth the money.
3. Time your heating
There’s little point in switching on your heating when you get out of bed in the morning, as by the time you leave, it will have only just started circulating around your home. We therefore recommend that you invest in a timer, so your heating will automatically switch on half an hour before you get up. That way, you’ll be able to enjoy a warm and cosy home, as you get ready to go out. Make sure you switch it off before you leave and set a timer for it to come on half an hour before you get home, for maximum efficiency.
4. Cover up bare floors
Wooden floors look beautiful in both
traditional and contemporary homes but did you know that heat escapes through gaps in your floorboards? With this in mind, we recommend keeping them covered up in the autumn and winter. Investing in a nice rug will keep out the cold, whilst also adding a cosy feel to your home. Even better, you won’t have to dread walking over a cold wooden floor in the morning to make your first cup of tea!
5. Close any rooms you’re not using
If there are certain rooms in your home that no one is using, then it’s best to keep the doors shut. This will prevent heat circulating in the rooms where no one is benefiting from it. A great way to cut down your heating bill in the autumn is to try and gather your family in one main room. It’s a fantastic excuse to spend some quality time together (not that you need an excuse for that!)
6. Limit the use of portable heaters
Although portable heaters are great for boosting the temperatures of your home on chilly autumn days, they are also incredibly expensive to power. If you are looking to make savings on your bills, then it’s much smarter to heat your home with your boiler. If you need a little extra heat, you can always use a hot water bottle – they’re much cheaper to buy and won’t cost half as much to use.
We hope you’ve found our smart autumn heating tips useful. If you’d like any other advice on heating your home, feel free to get in touch.