10 ways to prevent heat loss in your home

The evenings are getting colder with freezing temperatures set to hit Britain in the lead up to Christmas, and while we all want to stay warm, saving money and energy is just as important too.

There are in fact some simple ways to reduce heat loss in our homes as we near the winter months. Here, Claire Osborne, energy expert at uSwitch.com, shares 10 essential tips.

1. INSULATION

Insulating your home is one of the best ways to reduce your energy bills and make your house warmer and more comfortable. Warm air can escape from your home in all directions – including the roof, walls, floor, windows and doors – meaning lots of the energy you pay for can go to waste. There are grants available from some energy suppliers under a scheme called the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), you must meet certain criteria to qualify and more information is available from suppliers’ websites.

2. CHIMNEYS

Unused chimneys are another common way for heat to escape. If you still use your chimney, then a removable chimney balloon can be used to prevent excess heat being lost at times you don’t have the fire on. If you don’t use your chimney at all, consider having it capped by a professional.

3. WINDOWS

Draught-proofing strips work well around windows. Draughts can also emerge from cracks between the window frames and the surrounding walls. If this is the case, try using either sealant or putty to close up the gaps.

5. TIMED EXTRACTOR FAN

If you have an extractor fan in your bathroom or kitchen without a timer, you run the risk of leaving it on unnecessarily, which can chill your whole house. A timed extractor fan will shut off automatically and remove this risk.

6. BLEED YOUR RADIATORS

Trapped air in radiators stops them working efficiently. If there are cold spots on your radiators, particularly at the top, it’s a sign they need bleeding. This releases the air and ensures your heating system is working to its full potential.

7. A RADIATOR SHELF

A shelf positioned just above a radiator helps to throw heat forward into the room, rather than letting it rise to the ceiling. Most hardware and DIY shops will stock purpose-made shelves which clip easily onto most radiators.

8. DISUSED VENTS

If you upgrade your boiler, it’s likely to have a balanced flue, meaning you no longer need an air-brick in an external wall with the boiler. If you seal up any disused vents you can stop valuable heat from escaping.

9. GAPS BETWEEN FLOORBOARDS

Gaps between floorboards can also let heat escape, but filling medium-sized gaps with papier-mâché can be an effective and inexpensive solution – assuming you’re not intending to expose the floorboards as a feature! To do this, just mix wallpaper paste with torn newspaper and press it into the gaps.

10. CURTAINS

Curtains are great at preventing heat loss. You can buy heavy-duty curtains, or thermal lining for your existing ones, for extra insulation. But try not to let your curtains hang over any radiators, as this can stop the heat from warming the room.

Article by Claire Osborne, energy expert at uSwitch.com from www.housebeautiful.co.uk , click here to be redirected to the original article.

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