Winter has set in quickly this week, hasn’t it? While it would have been best to winterize your house prior to being buried in ice and snow, it’s not too late. Use these three tips to make sure your home stays warm for as cheaply as possible.
Manage Heat Wisely
If you don’t already have one, invest in a thermostat that’s up to date and programmable. A modern one that will automatically adjust the temperature at certain times. At night, you probably don’t need it as high, since you’re snuggled up in bed. A thermostat that can automatically turn the heat up slightly at a set time in the morning and then turn it down slightly at bedtime.
If you there’s only one area that you really use in the house sometimes, then a radiator could be a good investment. Newer models are normally very efficient at how they consume electricity. If it’s a small room, you could turn down the main heat in the house and simply use a 600-watt radiator to keep the area warm.
Plug up Leaky Airways
It doesn’t do a lot of good to maximize the efficiency of heating in your house if it’s being lost through cracks around windows and doors. If you have any large gaps, you can use Great Stuff to fill them. Just spray it into the area and the magical-like foam will expand to fill the gap. For smaller gaps that you might have around windows, use caulking.
Get Better Windows
This costs a little more, but it’s an investment worth considering. Inefficient windows can dramatically increase the cost of heating your house. Today, there are UPVC windows that are specifically manufactured to be well insulated. My step-sister upgraded her home with coral windows in Bradford and not only do they look great, but she doesn’t pay nearly as much for heat as she did before.