How to Make Your Home More Efficient for Winter

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Authored by David Banks
Posted Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 4:18pm

Summer is slowly drawing to a close, and before you know it, winter will be upon us. Already people are saying how our autumn months are becoming shorter, with summer and winter becoming the dominant seasons the UK must endure. Therefore, many of us Brits need to put preparations in place so that our homes can keep us warm and cosy without costing us an absolute fortune.

Inspect Windows and Doors

There’s little point in heating your house, only for the warmth to leak through gaps unsealed windows and doors. Check the weather-stripping around your doors and window frames, and if you see any gaps, have them replaced.

Check Your Roof

Your roof can lose precious heat if shingles or slabs are broken or missing, and when it comes to heat, around 25% of it is lost through the roof. You should, however, not try to mend this issue yourself, and should call a roofer to do the job for you. While the roofer is there, you can have them also inspect the chimney (if you have one) and the air vents (if there are any).

Make Use of Your Curtains

The heat from the sun can greatly warm up your home, so be sure to make use of this free heat as much as possible. Open your curtains when the sun is shining, and when nightfall arrives, shut your curtains and use them as an extra layer of insulation.

Check Your Heating Systems

Before it’s the middle of winter, have a professional come round to your home and inspect your heating system. You can also upgrade your boiler so that it uses less energy but produces the same amount of heat. The professionals at can help with any questions you may have, and advise you on the best course of action.

Use Timers

Rather than manually put the boiler on when you need it, set a timer so that the heating comes on a bit earlier and at a lower temperature. Not only is it more pleasant to wake up to a moderately warm room, but it is also more efficient. Also make sure you set the timer to turn off when the house is empty and then to turn on again 30-minutes before the first person arrives home. What’s more, you can invest in timers which trigger when the temperature dips below a certain temperature. This means you don’t have to worry about unneeded heating.

Wrap Up Warm

There is little point turning up the heating if you’re wearing no sleeves and shorts in the home. Instead, be sure to make use of your jumper and some slouchy leggings before you start tampering with the heating. It doesn’t mean you’re being cheap; it means you’re being more efficient and kinder to your bank account.
What’s more, you should also wrap up your hot water tank so that it is properly insulated, keeping the water warmer for longer. Experts have also suggested that by insulating your water tank, you could save up to £150 a year.