5 DIY Hacks to Heating Your Home

As Tom Jones famously sang “It’s cold outdoors” and it’s not going to get much warmer for a couple of months longer. Heating your home in the winter can get pricey and use up much of a households outgoings monthly.

Even being able to lower the temperature level by a few degrees can add up to a great conserving at the end of every month.

  1. Heat your home when you require the heating, not all of the time
    There is a common debate about whether you ought to warm your house on low and consistent or in bursts to the temperature you require.

Proponents of low and continuous state that switching on the boiler and raising the temperature of each room is energy extensive and far less efficient that keeping a space at a continuous temperature.

This isn’t true. Heat is constantly being squandered, slipping through spaces under doors and through the ceiling and your heating is continuously working to keep the temperature level set on the thermometer.

This suggests that if you’re not in the house or have actually gone to sleep all of that energy is escaping, and that total energy will for the most part be greater than the energy needed to at first warm up a space.

In short, just use the heating when you need it.

  1. Tin foil behind radiators
    This one is easy– heat is lost through the wall each time a radiator is turned on. The less heat that is lost through the wall, the more that remains in the room.

A cheap and fairly efficient way of reflecting heat is through tin foil put behind the radiators. The most cost effective way to do this is through tin foil bought in any supermarket however specialist polyester and polyethylene radiator tin foil can be purchased from here for ₤ 5.99 for 4m.

  1. Sealing outlets and switches
    This one is a bit more difficult and for those that haven’t manages plugs and sockets before and are unsure of how to turn off power to the area they’re dealing with this might be one to skip over or leave to an electrician. If you’re confident in what you’re doing then read on:
  • Shut off the power to the area youre dealing with
  • Remove the cover plate to the switch
  • Select the proper seal and get rid of the cut outs
  • Use the foam seal over the outlet an line up the holes
  • Replace the cover plate

Do this throughout all plug sockets in your house and this will help in reducing a fairly visible heat loss.

  1. Magnet over keyhole
    Front and back doors are the very first line of defence against the cold, often indicating hallways are the coldest parts of your house. That’s because heat is slowly leaving through spaces around and in the door.

A frequently forgotten offender can be the tiny keyhole gradually drawing heat out to the outdoors. A keyhole magnet which can cost just a few pounds can be positioned over the keyhole particularly over night, to stop any heat leaving.

  1. Draught Excluders
    A timeless technique for keeping as much heat as possible. Material draught excluders put at the bottom of a door stop heat leaving underneath and rubber draught excluders along the edge of a door can guarantee as little heat is lost as possible. This combined with a magnetic keyhole cover will seal up doors.

Basically try to find throughout your house that has a gap where heat can get away and plug it up. Gaps that lead outside should be the very first concern, but internal heat loss should not be left undetected. Get insulating!

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