Keep your house warm during winter
Cooler months mean our homes can get chilly and damp so we’ve put together a few tips to keep your family warm and dry this winter.
We spend a lot of money in winter warming up our homes, but insulation is often overlooked. Heat rises, so your roof is the best place to start with insulation, but you should also consider:
Hot water cylinderHeating your water is one of the biggest expenses so make sure you trap the warmth in your cylinder. You can buy wraps at most hardware stores.
Heat loves to escape through windows, but it’s easy to reduce how much gets through:
- Seal in any gaps:
- Double glaze:
You might find once you’ve stopped heat escaping, you might still need more to make your home comfortable and warm. There are many options out there, including heat pumps, convection heaters and wood burners. The type of heating you use will depend on the size of the area you want to heat, the running cost and its impact on the environment. EnergyWise have put together a great pro/con list of the different types of heating options – be sure to check it out.
Still not sure which heater you need? Whichever option you choose, remember to be fire wise:
- Use a screen on open fires (and never leave them unattended).
- Don’t hang clothes on or near your heater.
- Don’t overload your powerpoints or multiboards.
The great thing about these tips is putting them into practice won’t just make your home warm in winter – it’ll make for more comfortable living all year round. But maybe put the heater away in the summer months!