For quite some time now, I have received several messages with a similar title, “Why is my house so cold even with the heating on?” Looks like we’re all looking for the best ways to keep our house warm. Hopefully, this post will help us find the right answers to the various circumstances that cause our homes to feel stone-cold.
People often switch on their heaters from the month of October and make use of them until March or April. During these months, most people utilise heaters on a daily basis, and they make up for a large percentage of a household energy consumption. In fact, research has suggested that approximately 70% of household energy consumption comprises of heaters.
There are many ways which can help towards creating a warm environment for your home, even in the coldest months.
The best method to have a constant flow of warm air across the room is to install radiators. They provide a rhythmic stream of temperate air, increasing the temperature of the premise. There are various types of radiators available in the market such as designer radiators, flushing radiators, single panelled radiators, double panelled radiators, etc. Each radiator has its own distinguishing quality. For instance, Towel Radiators are commonly used in bathrooms, and kitchens have peculiar heated towel rail in them and are easy to install.
Radiators are available in different vibrant colours like anthracite, brushed mat, black pearl anthracite, chrome, etc. which are suitable for any living room décor as well as for kitchens and bathrooms. Apart from a variety of colour options, you can also take your pick of material for your radiator. Aluminium, mid-steel and steel are just a few of the materials which are available.
If you are worried about your bills carbon footprint, you can get a radiator which has energy saving software pre-installed. You can also make use of radiator timers to avoid excessive energy consumption and ensure your room temperature stays comfortable.
Sun is a natural source of heat and light, so it is smart to make the most of this eco-friendly source. Make sure you remember to open the curtains at your place during the day when you could benefit from the sunlight.
However, if it is cloudy outside and there are gaps in your curtains, it is better to keep them closed. This will shut out the draught and keep our room a litte warmer.
When indoors, it is important to close your doors and windows. This will reduce the chances of condensation and make sure that you heat is kept within each room. Droplets of condensation begin to form when humid air touches a cold surface. Ignoring such situations can cause wet patches on your walls and ceilings, and can even lead to bad cases of rotting and decay on your walls.
You can avoid condensation by double glazing your windows or placing bubble wrap all over your windows.
You might enjoy sitting on the sofa right in front of the radiator, however this means that the sofa will be consuming most of the heat and the rest of the room will not feel the benefit of the heat which is being produced. It is therefore better to arrange the sofa away from radiator and let the warm air circulate all over the room.
The same technique is applicable for drying clothes; avoid placing them near radiators in order to obtain the most out of your heat source.
Radiators are a great way to create heat in the room, however some of the heat can be consumed by the wall behind it. To combat this problem and get the most from your heating, you can install radiator panels which will reflect the heat which may otherwise be consumed by the wall back into the room.
Radiator heat reflecting panels are easy to install and can often be purchased cheaply. They are often very worthwhile and can reflect up to 95% of the wasted heat back into the room, making a significant positive impact on your bills and the efficiency of your heating system.
Around 25% of heat in a house is lost through the roof. This can be reduced only by installing 25cm of insulation all over your loft. Although in the long term you may well be saving money on heating costs, installing loft insulation can be a pricey investment in the first instance. Instead of selecting such an expensive option, you could opt for cavity wall insulation which is comparatively cheaper, but is still effective.
Consult your energy supplier to check up on the current insulation schemes which are suitable for your house. Sometimes you can even obtain free installation, or cheap offers for installation.
Rugs add a dash of vibrant colour to your décor and along with that, they help you to increase the warmth in the room. Research suggests that your floor is likely to lose around 10% of heat if they are not insulated, so it is best to avoid bare floors in your house. Carpet and rugs can make a big difference to the temperature of your room.
In order to ensure comfort in your home, workplace or premise, it is highly important to maintain a good temperature via the above tactics. The temperature in a building can make a huge difference to your happiness, and also that of your visitors and employees.
If you are not sure which option will be the most efficient for your requirements, consult a specialist to advise you on your options.