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How To Keep Your House Warm In The Winter
It’s that time of the year again. Philly is getting snow and the temperature is dropping. This weather makes you want to stay in all winter and hibernate, but not everybody’s house stays warm. We have gathered some tips and tricks on how to keep your house nice warm when you are stuck inside dealing with this weather!
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Use your curtains
Heat from the sun is free so make the most of it. Open your curtains and let the sunlight in during the day to make use of this free heat. When it gets dark, shut your curtains, which act as another layer of insulation and keep warmth in your rooms.
Move your sofa
It might feel great to have your favourite seat in front of the radiator, but it’s absorbing heat that could be warming your home. By moving it away from the radiator, hot air can circulate freely. The same goes for your curtains or drying clothes – keep them away from the radiator so that you can get the most out of your heat source.
Maximise your insulation
When it comes to heat, around 25% is lost through the roof. This can be easily reduced by installing 25cm of insulation throughout your loft. It’s also worth seeing what’s going on in your walls, as around a third of the heat in an uninsulated home is lost this way.
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Wrap up warm
If you have a hot water tank, make sure it is properly lagged – or insulated. This will keep the water warmer for longer, and reduce heating costs.
Block out the drafts
You can do this yourself for very little cost. Self-adhesive rubber seals around doors and windows and door draft excluders are relatively cheap and easy to install. So it’s worth getting those doors and windows sealed before winter properly kicks in.
Install thermostatic radiator valves
Research at the University of Salford has shown that installing heating controls and thermostatic radiator valves results in energy savings of 40% compared to a house with no controls. These work by allowing you to program your heating to come on at predefined times – so you only use energy when you need it.
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Upgrade your boiler
If your boiler is more than 10 years old, it may be time to replace it with a new, more efficient model.
Reflect the heat
Radiator panels are relatively cheap, easy to install, and ensure that heat from your radiators warms up your room and not your walls. They work by reflecting the heat back into the room.
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