staying warm

How to keep your home warm this winter

The seasons are changing and the temperature’s taken a distinct dip over the last week or so. It’s around this time that we become aware of draughts and staying warm seems to be harder work than it should be! This can affect you whether you’re living in an old property or new.

In fact, according to the Energy Saving Trust, 44% of UK homes have draught problems. That’s quite staggering when you consider how many homes in the UK would be considered reasonably modern.

So, how to ensure your home’s nice and snug this winter?

Starting with the obvious, it’s well worth checking that seals that were fine last year are still fit for purpose. Rubber gets increasingly fragile over time, loses flexibility and with it, the ability to form an effective seal around windows and doors. Those that are used most often, such as front doors, take a regular pounding and are likely to degrade the fastest.

Then there’s insulation. Dull as it is, when was the last time you checked yours? If, like many you’ve fitted once and forgotten, it may be time for an inspection. Loft insulation is many times thicker and more effective than it was just a few years ago, so it’s worth a look. It may be that you’re losing precious heat straight through your roof!

Now let’s look at some other ‘gotchas’ when it comes to staying warm.

Check your radiators!

Firstly, it’s worth checking that all your radiators are getting hot. Any air in the system usually finds its way to an upstairs radiator that simply needs bleeding. This is usually enough to restore it to full power.

Secondly, let’s look at those new and shiny rads you’ve installed as part of a property refurbishment or renovation project. One of the first things to go when putting in new kitchens and bathrooms is the clunky old radiators. Having spent time and money on a new and very swish kitchen or bathroom designs, the last thing we want to look at is a carbuncle of an aged radiator.

So, we install a super-slim chrome ladder or similar that fits with the new surroundings. However, as you may have inadvertently discovered, all radiators are not created equal. This is especially true when it comes to heat output.

Heat output of radiators, amongst other things, is measured in British Thermal Units, or BTUs. Many of the slim radiator designs simply don’t have the BTU grunt to be a suitable replacement for the boring old double radiator. And so we need more of them, which presents its own problem because the walls they’d usually live on may be gone! It’s one of the reasons why having knocked down walls and created expansive living spaces, that we can find ourselves wondering if the heating’s on.

It’s also why having a discussion with a reliable builder such as Parker Home is vital in getting these design elements right first time.

As well as the above solutions, technology has provided us with various other ways to heat our homes more effectively. We’ll be talking about those in a forthcoming post.