Making your home feel comfortable is most people’s top priority. Keeping your home warm, particularly over the winter months is one of the best ways to do this. Nobody wants to come back from a brisk winter walk to somewhere that is colder on the inside than it is one the outside. Heating is a necessity. Our lives are always made more difficult when we don’t have an efficient source of heating in our homes. A warm home is a happy home after all. Allowing your home to become cold and damp can cause havoc with your appliances and can damage the structure of your house. To ensure you have the warmest home this winter, here are some home improvement ideas you should consider investing in.
Installing a more efficient heating system
If you feel that your current heating system is not quite up to scratch, then it may be time to replace it. Replacing your boiler is not only a great way of enhancing the efficiency of your heating, but it can also save you money on your energy bills. To help you make this decision, you can check the effectiveness of your boiler online. You will most likely need to take some details from the body of your boiler to fill in the relevant fields. You should now be able to determine the financial savings you should accumulate from installing a new boiler. These can be quite complicated calculations to ask for help from your energy provider if needs be. Also, consider how much you pay each year for the general maintenance of your boiler. If it breaks down often, you could be putting your money to better use with a newer model. Some boiler installments are covered by government grants, so find out if you are eligible.
Also, look at alternatives to central heating such as fires and wood stoves. Wood stoves, in particular, are a great way of keeping your home heated. Installing a wood stove will require some hard work and planning, but it is more energy efficient and will reduce the cost of rising energy bills. As an added bonus, they also make a great focal point with their pleasing aesthetics. It doesn’t matter if you have a large or small home; there are wood stoves capable of circulating warm air throughout. When shopping for a wood stove always ensure they have a suitable fan device such as the Valiant Ventum 3. Without the fan, the stove can only heat the area around itself. If you are thinking of selling your home in the future, they also provide a unique selling point to potential buyers.
Cold draughts can ruin the temperature in a room instantly. Fifteen percent of heat loss in the average home is down to draughts. Draught free homes are more comfortable at lower temperatures, so you don’t have to use as much heating energy. Eliminate current and potential areas where draughts can enter your home. Doors and windows that lead outside are the most common areas that draughts get in.
Go through every room in your home and look for any holes, gaps or cracks. Pay particular attention to windows and doors. The gaps need to be filled or blocked to keep the heat inside and stop cold air getting in. You may need to hire professionals to draught-proof your home for you, or if you are confident enough you can do it yourself. If you decide to do it alone, make sure the draught-proofing materials that you buy are of a high standard and quality. You need to look for products that, when installed and maintained properly can last for up to twenty years.
For windows, you will need metal or plastic strips to seal gaps around between the window and the frame. Foam strips are cheaper but are less likely to stand the test of time. Make sure they are cut the correct size to ensure effectiveness. You can also use these strips around your door frames.
There are also some additional improvements you can do make to your doors more draught- proof. Install a brush or hinged draught excluder to stop cold air coming through the gap at the bottom of your door. Also ensure your letterbox is the correct size and cover your key holes with metal discs. Even covering the smallest of gaps can make a huge difference.
Remember to not block or seal any sources of ventilation such as wall vents or extractor fans. We do need some airflow to keep our homes healthy and dry so doing this can be detrimental.
Updating your insulation
Two of the biggest home improvements you can make is to properly insulate your loft and wall cavities. It’s easy to forget about these areas as they are often hidden from view. Unless you have recently had some installed, it’s likely that your current insulation is out of date and not up to current standards. It’s an easy thing to rectify as you can add additional insulation on top of what you already have.
You can lose up to twenty-five percent of your heat through the roof of your home. Efficient loft insulation will trap this heat inside making your home more energy efficient. You can do this job yourself with some careful planning and the appropriate materials. Cavity wall insulations acts the same way as loft insulation. You will need to hire trained technicians to complete this kind of home improvement. The insulation is injected through small holes that are drilled into your walls. This will obviously be a difficult task to do by yourself and should always be carried out by professionals.
Both of these insulation techniques are guaranteed to save you money off your fuel bills. It will make your home cosier in no time, and you’ll be glad you did it.
So there you have it. You should now know exactly what you need to improve on to make your home warmer this winter. Plan ahead and get your home prepared for the unpredictable winter weather. Remember to research for schemes from the government, that you may be eligible for, to make heating your home more affordable.