During cold winters heating bills can skyrocket. The key to helping to keep your home warmer and heating bills lower, is simple if you know what to do and what not to do. In the tips below you’ll learn which of these are actually useful and which ones to ignore.
Putting clingfilm over the windows in your house
The aim of this tip is to add an extra layer to your windows to help stop the heat from escaping. Windows are one of the main places that heat can be lost, so anything that helps to slow this heat loss down is a good thing.
By adding the clingfilm you create a very thin layer of air which means that it takes longer for the heat to escape through the windows. Consider using a special glazing product instead of cling film as it’s made for the job and will also look much better!
Electric heaters or radiators?
Electricity generally costs much more, as electric heaters need to draw more power to generate the heat required to keep a room warm. The most cost effective way is to use gas central heating along with a thermostat. Gas central heating heats up water that is passed around radiators, keeping the room warm and costing you a lot less.
There’s a confusing tip that painting a radiator black will allow it to generate more heat. As far as we know this isn’t true and it is much better to keep them white as they’re that colour for a reason. Also, who would honestly want a black radiator in their house? It isn’t very pretty. The best way to enhance the effectiveness of a radiator is to put reflective foil behind it to help stop the heat escaping through the wall and get it to reflect back into the room. This is particularly handy if the insulation in the walls of your house isn’t that good. Warm rooms have a selection of efficient radiators.
Doors closed or open?
This is an easy answer. All doors should stay closed if possible as all heaters and radiators work by circulating heat around the room. By leaving the door open you actually make the room bigger and the heat has further to travel, meaning that it cools down quicker and is lost through the floor. If doors are kept closed then each room becomes a mini environment that the radiator or heater can control much more easily.
Leave the heating on low or just turn it up when I need it?
This is a hot topic and there is a lot of debate around this. However, the general conclusion is that you should turn your heating up only when you need it, it doesn’t need to be on low all day unless you are worried about rooms getting cold or if you have a damp problem. You’ll save the most money and use less energy this way.