Winter is at the doorstep, and a poorly insulated home is bound to bump the price of your energy bills. However, there are various cost-effective methods, proven by modern infrared technology and headway in environmental physics, to overcome this problem. Here are 7 ways in which you can make your home warmer and save yourself from large expenses at the same time.
Cover your windows with thick curtains at night
Keep your curtains open during the day, in order to use the most of the sunlight’s radiant energy, as windows let in more heat than they let out. However, close your curtains at after dusk, asboth single-glazed and double-glazed windows tend to get cold and result in great energy loss (about 50-100 watts per square metre). Curtains with thermal lining are relatively cheap, but you can also use PVC curtains or line the curtains yourself with cheap fleece. Another good tip is to place curtains in front of doors that lead outside as an extra layer of protection.
Prevent heat loss from radiators
In order to insulate theradiators, especially the ones on external walls, you can get radiator panels which are relatively cost-effective and easy to install. If you are more of a DIY kind of person, you can use aluminium foil wrapped around cupboard in order to make your own panels and reflect the heat back into the room. Additionally, you could put a shelf up above the radiator, in order the stop the hot air that rises above it.This is particularly helpful if the radiator is placed under a window with curtains, because the hot air remains trapped between the curtains and the glass.
Block out any sources of draught
Use self-adhesive rubber to create seals on windows and doors. You can buy or make your own door draught excluders. In order to make your own “sausage dog” draught excluder, all you need is a pair of tights that you can cut and stuff with almost anything: socks, rice, lentils or gravel; and a rectangular piece of material to wrap around them. Even such a simple solution can ensure warmth inside your home.You can also cover smaller sources of draught like keyholes, by using circular covers you can slide over the top, or cat and dog flaps, with pieces of wool.
Make sure your floorboards are covered
According to the National Energy Foundation (NEF), if not properly insulated, floors account for a significant amount of heat loss, especially if they are made of wood. This is solved by blankets and rugs, but it is also a good idea to fill the cracks or gaps in the floorboards. Using a silicone-based filler is advised because it is tolerant to movement.
Repair and insulate your roof
If your roof is not in proper condition, all the heat will go out through it. As a roof painting service in Sydney advises, your roof is the most important aspect of your house, because it keeps the cold and rain out, while keeping the warmth in. You need to check if all the roof tiles are in place, and make sure that it is properly insulated, with a fresh jacket of specifically tailored insulating paint.
Wrap up your water tanks
In order to keep the water warmer for a longer period, and at the same time save up on your heating bills, it is important to insulate your water tank by using lagging jackets. This way you can save up to $185 a year. Furthermore, you can install a thermostat to turn off the water heating once it reaches the desired temperature.
Stop heat loss via the chimney
If you are using a fireplace merely for decorative purposes, you can use chimney balloons made of special laminate, which cost about $20. They are inflated until they cover up the chimney hole, so as to stop the heat loss and also prevent the cold from getting inside. You can also go for the option of using chimney insulators made of wool. Whatever your choice is, make sure you remove them before starting a fire.
In addition to these seven tips, you need to pay attention to smaller details, like closing the rooms that you are not using, making sure you do not place large pieces of furniture in front of your radiators, and of course, positioning yourself in the warmer areas, closer to the inside of the house and the internal walls. If you follow these useful tips, you should be up and ready for the cold winter.