Is there anything worse than a cold house where you just cannot get comfortable? Being at home, you want to be as comfortable as possible, and the last thing that you want is to have freezing feet and have to wear a dressing gown even with the heating on. If your house is not getting as warm as you’d like it to be, then it’s time to do something about it!
The problem is that as a homeowner, the heating not working properly is a problem. Well, it’s a problem if you’re not a home owner too, but if you are one it’s your responsibility to replace the boiler and get the heating working again. There is also the chance that the boiler isn’t to blame at all – so, what would it be? You may not have enough insulation in the house, which means that the next call you make should be to spray foam contractors to get the insulation topped up! No matter the reason behind your chilly, chilly house, you need to do what you can to make your home warm again. Below, we’ve put together seven things that you could be doing to get your house feeling warm once again.
- Move the sofa. When was the last time you checked where your sofa is in the living room? How close is it to the radiator in the room? It’s the same with any large pieces of furniture, really, but if it’s sitting in front of the radiator you’re going to be blocking the heat from permeating around the room. All you’re doing is heating the back of the furniture instead of the actual room – no wonder you’re cold! If you’re short on space in the room, you could just choose to move the radiator up the wall? If you’re the homeowner, you can choose to renovate the space a little and get the heat moving on the upper half of the wall. Even moving the furniture away from the radiator can make a big difference by a couple of inches.
- Bleed the radiators. During the off-seasons, your radiators have a build-up of air in the central heating pipes. Instead, they should be full of hot water and warm all over – not just warm at the bottom like they would be if it was full of air. If you use a radiator key, you can “bleed” the radiators and hear the air rush out. You need a cloth to capture the water that will spray a little – it won’t be clean water. Sometimes, you may need to top up the system again when you are bleeding the radiators.
- Start excluding the drafts. Houses can be drafty, specifically those older houses. Colder air sneaks in and warm air sneaks out, but you can avoid this by figuring out the gaps and plugging them up. You can use the draft excluders by the doors, but you have to do more than that to ensure that the house is plugged properly. This is where the spray foam contractors would be able to “plug the gap” in the walls of the house that are empty of insulation with colder air whistling through it.
- Look at the curtains. Throughout the day when it’s sunny, you need your curtains open so that you’re allowing the sunshine to come in and warm the roms. In the evening, shutting the curtains will keep the heat in for longer and stop it from escaping back out of the window panes. You would be amazed at how many people don’t do this!
- Keep looking at the insulation. Most of the heat loss in the house goes through the roof – it makes sense, given that heat rises. Spend a weekend insulating your loft and make sure that your house is warmer. The foam insulation in the walls will help to keep that warmer air in and if you’re not a skilled tradesperson, you should call an expert and they can do it for you!
- Add some layers. Not to you, this time! When it comes to adding more layers, you should look at your hot water tank (if you have one). If you have a hot water tank, this has to be insulated, too. You can buy covers for them, but add some insulation underneath the cover and you will be able to keep the water warmer for longer. This will cut off your energy bills, too! Keeping your home warm should be a priority – you need to stay comfortable!
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