Heating your Home this Winter
IRT Surveys is committed to helping as many people as possible combat fuel poverty by providing completely impartial best practice advice on the best areas to save money.
By quantifying thermal images in monetary terms, we can literally show the problem spots that are allowing excessive heat to seep from properties and this information has enabled clients big and small to plan and prioritise refurbishment programs effectively – and often bank the funding needed to do so.
However, while many of our clients are predominantly interested in the big wins, at this time of year it’s particularly important to remember that a series of simple changes in daily life can make significant differences to your energy bills.
With this in mind, let’s take a look at some of the little things you can do to make your property more energy efficient while staying warm this winter.
Clear your radiators – Furniture around radiators can absorb heat and stop it reaching the areas of the house that actually make a difference to your own comfort. At least for winter, it’s best practice to keep the area around the radiators as clear as possible.
Draught excluders – Whether you want to create your own or invest a little money on some draught proofing products for windows and doors, it’s astonishing how many people are willing to let draughts add pounds on to their heating bills. With the exception of the extremely recent new builds, most homes fritter heat away through gaps across the house, be it doors, windows, floors, chimneys or any other little holes that have appeared in your structure. It goes without saying that plugging these gaps will help to keep heat within your house.
Close the curtains – While you should allow sunlight to enter whenever possible, shutting the curtains at night can help keep the heat in the room. However, you should be careful not to drape curtains over radiators as this can result in much of heat escaping before it has even entered.
Consider radiator panels – Placing these behind your radiators can direct heat evenly back into the room. Done successfully and savings can be up to 20% on heating bills per year.
Don’t use it? Shut it… – There is no point in allowing cold air to move into the rest of the house. If you have a room that is rarely needed then it is a good idea to keep the doors closed to ensure the heat you have generated is being spread across areas that are actually in use.
Consider heating controls – If you don’t already, it is financially beneficial to set your heating and hot water to come on only when you need them and focus on heating those areas of the house that you actually use as opposed to wasting money on those you don’t.
If you are interested in seeing a thermal image of your property that visually reveals precisely the areas you are losing heat in a simple to understand colour-coded format, please get in touch with us and we can tell you a little more about what you can expect from our service.