One of the most common and practical ways to prevent your home from losing heat through the windows is buy purchasing curtains with a thermal lining. Thermal curtains are a relatively cheap option and can be a fun D.I.Y project for young homeowners, that can be achieved by lining them yourself with materials like cheap fleece, and in addition to windows, placing a curtain in front of doors to the outside adds another layer of protection. To make the most of thermal curtains it is recommended that you make the most of the sunlight during the day, closing your curtains as soon as dusk falls will maximize your house’s potential to retain that natural (and free) heat.
Speaking of windows, double glazing is a heat-efficient way to keep the heat retained from the bay inside your home, think of it as insulation on your windows, and if you are remodelling/building your home, it’s something you should consider. But double glazing can be relatively costly, especially if you have to get them re-installed, but luckily there’s a special film that you can put across single-glazed windows that essentially imitate the same effect, although to a lesser degree. How it works is by attaching the film to the window frame using double-sided tape and then it fixes by using a hairdryer. Identifying and plugging/fixing any drafts that may be present in windows is also important, especially in older houses – retaining heat is an essential way to cut costs in heating bills.
Cover the Cracks
Containing heat to essential rooms, and preventing drafts is a classic way of cutting costs in the winter, keeping doors closed will prevent cold air moving into the rest of the house and contain the heat you’ve produced is reduced, and most populated areas of the home. Bare floors can account for as much as 10% of heat loss if they’re not insulated properly; older houses with wooden flooring have to deal with heat loss. To help minimize this, simply laying out rugs and blankets (or carpet if you can afford it) can help lessen this loss and have the added bonus of keeping your feet warm.
Don’t Smother the Heat
Believe it or not, many common furnishing and activities we place near our central heating actually absorb the heat that is produced for heater, fireplaces, heat pumps etc. It might feel amazing to be wrapped up like a burrito in your favorite blanket, on your favorite seat, in front of the heater, but its absorbing heat that could be warming your home. By moving it away from the primary heat source, hot air can circulate freely. The same goes for your curtains or drying clothes – keep them away from the source of so that you can get the most out of the warmth throughout your home.
Out With the Old
Before old man winter moves in for six months, it’s worth checking some of the core ways you heat your home, there may be a few costs here and there, but the payoff can, in most cases save you money. Checking the age of your hot water cylinder is key here, replacing a model that is over a decade old can actually save you a lot in power in the long run, and usually makes life much more efficient in the long run. Installing a heat pump and running it at a lower, natural heat at timed intervals can also save you hundreds in the long run, reflector panels can also be a cost-effective means of utilising heat produced by systems such as radiators.