Everyone wants their house and bathroom to be cosy and relaxing places, especially during the winter months.
Losing heat from your home not only makes you shiver, but it’ll also make you quiver when it’s time to pay those heating bills. So how does it happen? And what can you do to stop it?
Why does heat loss occur?
Heat loss occurs for a number of reasons and has much to do with the Victorian and Edwardian architecture that’s commonplace throughout the UK. Some of the key features of these beautiful period properties can have a huge impact: large windows, large rooms with high ceilings, and large lofts with a lack of sufficient insulation all contribute to heat loss.
You can invest all you like in a new boiler, stylish and efficient radiators or even underfloor heating, but if you don’t insulate your house properly you’re limiting your savings.
Although great for gaining heat in the summer months, windows are a key component of household heat loss in winter. From grand living room windows, through to attic skylights and small bathroom windows, they all speed up energy transfer, providing the weak link between inside and out—fundamentally losing heat.
It's all well and good investing in a stunning, new radiator, but heat loss could end up losing you more money in the long run
If this has all left you feeling a little cold, don’t worry. Take a look through our top 10 heat saving tips and it’ll soon leave you feeling warmer inside.
10 top heat saving tips
1. Ensure that your cavity walls and loft are properly insulated
2. Insulate your hot pipes and water tank
Ensure that you keep the optimal amount of heat in by insulating hot pipes and fitting an insulating jacket around your hot water tank (up to £50 a year saving).
3. Make sure that your house is draught-proofed
Little cracks in walls, especially near external plumbing can cause draughts through your house.
4. Use innovative heating control systems
There are an increasing array of products on the market that mean that you can control where and when you want the heat in your home such as room thermostats. Or you could just turn off the radiators that you’re not using.
5. Set your heating and hot water to come on when you want them to
Again, there are increasingly innovative products, particularly mobile apps that allow you control this from anywhere.
6. If you have single-glazed windows, ensure they are properly sealed around the edges
You could also double-up with cling film or clear plastic, or invest in double glazing.
7. Make sure you have curtains above your doors that you close at night
8. During the day keep doors open between rooms which get sunlight
This allows the heat to flow throughout your house to those rooms with less heat exposure from the sun.
9. Use your kitchen’s heat after cooking
Leave the oven door open and leave kitchen door ajar to allow the heat to flow throughout your home.
10. If you have hardwood floors, place rugs throughout your house
Especially in winter. You can also reduce transfer by sealing skirting boards.
Put all these tips into practice, and it can save you loads of money on those expensive heating bills.
Whilst you're saving money, why not read our tips for saving water, or find out how to save on energy bills?