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Top 5 Ways to Conserve Heat in your Home
Saving heat in the home can seem like a mammoth task but uPVC doors and windows can help make the home more efficient and comfortable through the winter months. We take a look at the top 5 ways to conserve heat in the home and the steps each household can take in order to reduce the average heating bill.
One of the simplest ways to save heat is to put on another layer. Something that tends to be overlooked by many, donning a thermal layer allows households to turn down the thermostat by at least 4%, saving at least 40% on space heating energy. When layering up, ensure that the hands and feet are kept warm. Our bodies prioritize keeping organs warm which explains why our hands and feet are the first to feel the extreme temperatures. Protect these by adding a layer or two – mittens can suffice in mild temperatures and insulated woollen gloves can help hands warm when suffering from the freezing cold.
Layering up and staying warm doesn’t mean you have to be fashionable. Take inspiration from hikers by wearing multiple vests and jackets can help protect extremities and ensure that the warmth is conserved, saving the amount spent on the average energy bill.
Invest in insulation
Up to £160 a year can be saved by insulating the home alone. Hot air rises and this is a vital piece of information in the battle against rising energy bills. Up to 35% of a home’s heat escapes through un-insulated roofs. It is recommended that insulation is 270mm thick, anything below this is said to need an upgrade.
Cavity walls can also let heat escape the home. If a home was built before the 1990s, chances are that there may be no insulation built into the house, meaning energy is being wasted heating air from outside the home.
Costing an estimated £300 to insulate a three-bedroom gas heated home, this investment can pay itself within two years.
Roughly 18% of a home’s heat is lost through windows. Upgrading windows, especially those which are single-glazed can help benefit homes in a multitude of ways, and with fitted windows now having a minimum C energy efficiency rating – investing in double-glazing or even triple, can reduce energy costs, CO2 emissions and tackle other issues such as condensation.
Let in the sun
During the day, allowing the sun to shine throughout a home can help maximise its heating potential to retain heat, such heat is also free!
Use Tin Foil
Preventing heat loss from radiators attached to external walls, tin foil helps reflect heat from behind the radiator and reflects in back into the room, stopping it disappearing through the walls.
Any foil can be used and for those looking for high-quality foil, specifically designed foil for the purpose can be purchased for less than £10- an investment that will be made back in no time at all