Congratulations on your new home! As a first-time buyer, preparing for your first winter can be both exciting and daunting. Keeping your home warm and comfortable during the colder months is essential, not just for comfort, but also for reducing your energy bills and protecting your property. We have detailed seven common strategies to help you keep your home warm this winter.
Understanding and Maintaining Your Heating System
The heart of your home’s warmth is its heating system. Whilst most homes are heated with gas- powered boilers, some properties are fitted with log fires, heat pumps and storage heaters. Take time to familiarise yourself with the type of system you have, understanding its unique maintenance needs and efficiency standards. We recommend that you schedule an annual inspection with a professional to ensure your heating system is in peak condition ready for the winter months. This can prevent unexpected breakdowns during cold spells where there may be delays in sourcing replacement parts.
It is also possible to save money on your heating bills without sacrificing comfort by learning to use your thermostat effectively. Lowering the temperature by a few degrees when you’re away or asleep can lead to significant long-term savings.
Sealing Draughts and Insulating Windows
Draughty windows are a major culprit of heat loss. Draughts are gaps around your external fixtures that allow cold air to enter your home and warm air to escape. As a new homeowner, addressing these areas can provide immediate improvements in your home’s warmth. By inspecting the window seals around the window frame, you can identify issues with existing glazing gaskets that may be the source of your air draughts. Replacing these sections when they are damaged or split will help keep the warm air inside your home.
You may also want to consider installing window insulation film. This film can be applied directly to your window panes and is a low-cost way to create an extra layer of insulation around your window. It helps improve the energy efficiency of your windows, particularly in older homes or those with single-pane windows.
Draft stoppers should also be considered for reducing draughts. They block cold air entering under the door and are often used in homes where you only heat key living areas. This allows you to stop cold enter entering your warm space from under the doors of unheated rooms.
Smart thermostats are a game-changer for modern home heating. These devices allow for precise temperature control and can adapt to your lifestyle, offering both comfort and energy savings. Some advanced models learn your schedule and adjust settings automatically for optimal efficiency. They can usually be controlled using a smartphone app that adds a convenient feature for adjusting temperatures when you’re out of the house.
Set your thermostat to lower the temperature during hours when you’re usually asleep or out of the house. Reducing your central heating temperature by 1°C can help reduce your heating bill by up to 10%.
Curtains, Rugs, and Blankets
Simple additions to your decor can significantly enhance your home’s warmth. Thick curtains, rugs, and blankets are not only aesthetically pleasing but also function as additional insulation. Lay down large rugs on tile or hardwood floors to add an extra layer of insulation reducing the chill under your feet.
Thermal curtains are designed to insulate your windows by trapping heat inside your room and the cold air between the curtain and window. They act as a secondary barrier against draughts originating from gaps around the window frame. By opening your curtains during daylight you allow the sun to naturally warm your home. This simple daily routine can help maintain a comfortable indoor temperature without overworking your heating system.
Space Heater Use in High-Traffic Areas
Space heaters can be an effective way to heat specific areas of your home, especially if you spend most of your time in one room. They are ideal for quickly heating a space without having to warm the entire house. However, safety is paramount and you should always follow the manufacturer’s instructions by keeping the heater away from flammable items and never leaving it unattended.
Whilst they are good for heating a room quickly, they can be expensive to run for extended periods. Opt for models with automatic shut-off features and energy-saving modes.
Proper insulation is your best defense against the cold. It is essential for keeping your home warm increasing its heat retention and energy efficiency. Check your loft and other enclosures, as heat rises and can easily escape if it’s not well-insulated. Building regulations recommend that your loft insulation is at least 270mm thick and is not squashed by loft boards or boxes. Compressing loft insulation reduces its effectiveness by 50%, reducing its contribution towards keeping your home at comfortable temperature.
Wall insulation is equally important, especially in older homes. It reduces the heat transfer between the interior and exterior of your home, resulting in less energy needed to heat or cool the house.
Wall insulation also acts as a sound barrier, reducing the transmission of noise.
Insulating your home may require an upfront investment but it pays off in the long run with lower energy bills and a warmer living environment.
Simple lifestyle changes can have a big impact on keeping your home warm. Dressing in layers, using blankets and having warm rugs on floors can make your living space more comfortable. Keeping doors closed to rooms you’re not using can help contain heat in occupied spaces.
Your first winter in a new home doesn’t have to be a cold one. By understanding your heating system, insulating and sealing your home, making smart use of your thermostat and adopting a few lifestyle changes, you can enjoy a warm comfortable home without overspending on energy bills.
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Taking the time to draught-proof and insulate your home not only contributes to immediate comfort but also the long-term efficiency and value of your home. For additional advice and support on replacing your window seals, visit Seals Direct . Stay warm and enjoy your first winter in your new home.