Keeping Your Home Warm this Winter
Winter has arrived, and while we can’t stop it getting cold outside, with our handy tips we can still make sure you stay toasty inside. Ignite Facilities have a team of highly-skilled gas engineers and plumbers who can help out with any emergency you may have as temperatures continue to plummet.
In our latest blog, we are going to share some simple tricks to keep your house warm and stop precious energy escaping.
Ten Tips for Heating Your Home
Heat Your Home (Not Your Walls) – Simply place a thin sheet of card with tinfoil and place it behind your radiators, as this will reflect the heat back into your rooms. This will mean they warm up faster and retain more heat.
Pipe-Lagging – Pipe lagging is insulating hot water pipes with foam tubes that keep the water inside your pipes hotter for longer and protects against the cold. This also makes your heating and hot water more efficient and is available at most DIY stores.
Draught-Proof Your Home – Filling in the gaps around windows and doors can help you save on your heating bills, so using insulating tape as a draught excluder for your windows is a great investment.
Bleed Your Radiators – If your radiators aren’t heating to the top, you may need to learn how to bleed a radiator. This releases trapped air at the top, which is stopping the hot water from rising. You can use a radiator bleed key to open the little valve at the top and will hear air hiss and as soon as you see a drop of water, it will need to be closed again. If you are unsure how to bleed radiators, this is something our plumbers can help with.
Boiler Servicing – Having your boiler serviced annually means it will last longer and work more efficiently. Don’t forget it’s vital that you use a Gas Safe Registered engineer (such as Ignite Facilities).
Consider Smart Temperature Controls – Using a smart thermostat to control your heating from your phone or tablet makes saving energy easier. You should aim to set your main thermostat somewhere between 18c and 21c, then use the timer to turn it on and off when you need the heating the most. That way you won’t waste excess energy from leaving the heating on too long or too high.
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