The cold is beginning to seep into our homes and as the Christmas decorations go up, so do the heating bills. People are always trying to come up with ways of retaining heat to keep their homes cosy and the cost of heating bills down.
Some of these methods have been proven to work, so here we’ve compiled what we think are the best ways to keep your property warm this winter – without cranking the thermostat!
Make your radiators more efficient
Starting with our craftiest suggestion, cover a sheet of card in tin foil and place it behind your radiator. Once your DIY reflector has been correctly placed, it will effectively return the heat emanating from the back of the radiator into the room. If you don’t feel confident in your abilities, you can purchase foil insultation which can be used instead.
Make your own draught excluders too. If you’ve already been wrapping foam lagging around your water pipes and have some spare, use it to plug gaps in your front and back door. Make sure you check the hinges and catches, and tighten them if they are loose. Likewise, replace any rubber seals that have become damaged with age.
Fix draughty windows
Your doors aren’t the only culprits when it comes to letting cold air enter your home, windows are equally guilty. Rather than clutter your sills with draught excluders, implement insulating tape in between the gaps of the windows. It’s a worthwhile investment with no heavy costs, and there are plenty of YouTube videos that can show you how to install it.
Your curtains will reinforce the house’s resistance to the cold, provided you use them correctly. Keeping your curtains open throughout the day will allow the heat to enter your home. Once it starts to get dark, close them. This locks the heat inside and keeps you warmer for longer.
Insulate your wooden floor
Whilst visually stunning, wooden flooring is a major cause of heat loss. One way to combat this is by laying a rug down that will keep your room and feet snug. Rugs can’t realistically cover your entire floor though. And, besides costing a small fortune, they’re also a trip hazard.
However, if you do have wooden flooring and you’re hesitant to detract from its appearance, then an insulating underlay like Super Gold will make a huge difference. Our laminate and wood underlays are available in a variety of thicknesses with different tog ratings to keep your home warmer throughout winter.
Best of all, it won’t require a contractor to charge you a days work or for you to fork out for supplier costs. You can apply our underlay yourself and feel the benefits immediately.
We know how best to make underlay work for you. To find out more about the various options available, get in touch with our specialists today. Should you have any queries regarding installation or delivery, visit our FAQs page.