Keep Your Home Warm in Winter
Do you dread receiving your energy bills in winter?
The cost of keeping your home warm can literally make your blood run cold in the cooler months!
With winter approaching, now is the time to put some heat-preserving measures in place to insulate your home and avoid ‘bill shock’.
Most homes already have in-built insulation installed during construction, in the form of insulation materials in the walls, ceiling, roof and floor. These provide both warmth in winter and keep your home cool in summer.
Additional insulation can be added after your home is built but this can be complex and expensive depending on where it is being installed.
You can add extra insulation yourself in the form of carpets and rugs, blinds, curtains and shutters.
The more glass you have in your home, the colder it will be in winter (up to 40% of heating energy can be lost through windows), so consider this if you are building or buying a new home. Double glazing is very effective for retaining warmth. While expensive, it provides long-term benefits and can be attractive to potential buyers.
Avoid the Draft
Drafty old castles may be atmospheric, but drafts in your home mean vital heat is escaping. The main suspects are doors and windows, and sealing them need not be a big or expensive job. There are a range of DIY products available such as draught excluders (make your own if you’re handy with a sewing machine), brush door seals, weather seal tape and PVC door strips.
Air flow can work in your favour when it comes to keeping warm.
Keep heat flowing freely by making sure nothing blocks the flow of air. Avoid placing things such as clotheshorses or furniture directly over or in front of heat sources such as ducting vents and portable heaters.
If you have a large, centrally-heated home, consider buying portable heaters for your main living areas and keep the heating off. This will save heating rooms that are not in use, and will give you more control over your heating bills.
Always follow the government’s safety advice on heating your home safely with gas.
The orientation of your home can play a big part in its ability to stay warm in winter and cool in summer. If you are building or buying a home, look for a north-facing home which will capture sunlight and deliver radiant heat into the house.
Sunlight falling on hard interior surfaces such as concrete or tiled floors will be retained and will help transmit heat through the house during cooler evening hours.
Is there a particular issue or defect with your home that is concerning you?
Don’t put it off – catching an issue early might save you the cost of expensive repairs or even a complete replacement.
A special purpose inspection can identify a specific defect or the extent of an issue.
The Home Inspection Hub will arrange for an independent inspector to assess your situation, identify any issues and make recommendations on how to address them.