How to Keep Your Home Warm in Winter: From Heating Oil to Loft Insulation

 

Noone wants to live in a cold, draughty home, but it can be difficult to maintain heat when the temperatures drop. Heating your home can put a big dent in your wallet too and it’s estimated that heating accounts for 70% of all household energy consumption. If you’re looking to lower the cost of your energy bills and keep your home warm during the winter months, then there’s plenty you can do.

No matter how you heat your home (whether it’s home heating oil, a gas boiler or electricity), we’ve got tips and tricks to keep your property warm, so read on to find out more.

Add loft insulation

Around 25% of heat is lost through your roof but adding extra insulation to your loft or attic can make all the difference. You can reduce heat loss by installing as little as 25cm of insulation in your loft roof or wall cavities. Some energy suppliers even offer insulation schemes with cheaper (or even free) insulation installations.

There are many different types of loft insulation to choose from, including eco-friendly materials like sheep’s wool or cellulose.

Block out draughts

Don’t underestimate those small cracks in doors, windows and floorboards; they all allow heat to escape and cold draughts to enter your home. Blocking out draughts could save you around £25 per year so every little helps!

Add rugs to help block out draughts coming up through floorboards and seal gaps in windows with draught excluder tape or rubber strips. Use draught excluder cushions to block gaps under interior doors or make your own with old fabric and toy stuffing.

Double glazing

If you’re looking to make a longer term investment, upgrading to double glazing is a highly efficient way to insulate your home. Double glazing features two panes of glass with a layer of air in between, which prevents warm air from escaping and keeps your home cosy all year round.

Double glazed windows and doors offer additional benefits too, including reduced noise from outside and a high level of security. They can lower your energy bills too, as less energy is used to heat or cool a property with double glazing.

Thermal curtains

Thermal curtains offer another form of draught proofing and they can be highly effective at keeping your home warm. You can purchase ready-made thermal curtains in a variety of different fabrics and styles, or you can add a thermal lining to your existing curtains. If you want to increase the insulation even further, choose thick fabrics like velvet or brocade.

Close curtains when the sun goes down to keep heat in, but make the most of heat from the sun, even in winter. Open curtains and blinds during the day so rooms can absorb natural heat from the sun’s rays.

Add soft furnishings

Use rugs, blankets, cushions and throws to wrap up warm and block out any draughts coming up through floorboards. Adding soft furnishings is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to keep warm in winter and they add a cosy ‘hygge’ feel to your home too. Look for soft, tactile textures like sheepskin, velvet, fake fur and wool for added warmth.

Timers on central heating

Programming your heating on a timer helps to keep your home at a steady temperature and it can save you money too. Turning your heating on 30 minutes earlier (for example before you wake up) but at a lower temperature is cheaper than turning the heating on high as and when you need it.

You could time your heating to come on for an hour in the morning and to turn on again 30 minutes before you get home from work so there’s a warm, cosy house waiting for your return.

Reliable heating oil delivery

If you rely on heating oil to heat your home, then the last thing you want is a low supply during the cold winter months. Home heating oil is more common than you might think, with over 1.6 million UK homes relying on heating oil for their central heating and hot water needs.

Choose a local heating oil company if possible to prevent delays and to access heating oil quickly when you need it. Many companies offer same or next day delivery (especially in an emergency), or priority programmes for the elderly or anyone with a health condition. It’s always better to order slightly more fuel than you need just in case, providing you have the storage space. 500 litres of home heating oil should last a family two to three months, but this will depend on the size of your home, the amount of occupants and how much hot water/central heating you use.

Move your furniture

It might seem ideal to place the sofa in front of the radiator, but this actually absorbs excess heat which could be heating the whole room. Move your sofa or any other large pieces of furniture away from the radiator to allow heat to circulate freely throughout the room. The same goes for clothes too; avoid drying clothes on a radiator as this blocks heat and can even pose a fire hazard.

Upgrade your boiler

If your boiler is over 10 years old, chances are that it’s due for an upgrade. Newer models tend to be more energy efficient, so you’ll be able to heat your home more effectively without wasting energy. It’s a good idea to upgrade your boiler before the winter season to reduce the chances of it breaking down when you need it most.

Common signs that it’s time to upgrade your boiler include:

  • Frequent breakdowns
  • Higher energy bills (with no obvious explanation)
  • Unusual noises
  • Leaks
  • Reduced pressure
  • Unusual odours.

Block the chimney

Many people have fireplaces that are merely decorative, so if you’re not lighting fires, don’t let heat escape through your chimney. You can lose a significant amount of heat through your fireplace, so consider adding a chimney balloon to keep the heat in. Chimney balloons are made from a special laminate and they inflate to completely block any incoming cold air (and to stop warm air escaping).

Chimney balloons are a great temporary solution if you do plan on using your fireplace in the future, just remember to always, always remove the balloon before lighting a fire.

Tin foil

Yes, really! It might sound rustic, but tin foil is an efficient way to reduce heat loss from your radiators, especially those on external walls. You can purchase specialist heat reflective aluminium foil for around £10 and placing it behind a radiator helps to reflect heat back into the room. You could even use ordinary kitchen tin foil, although the properties won’t be as effective.

Reliable home heating oil delivery from D & SL Fuels & Lubricants

If you’re looking for reliable heating oil suppliers in Hull and East Yorkshire, get in touch with the team at D & SL Fuels & Lubricants. We’re proud to supply kerosene 28, a lighter, cleaner fuel that’s one of the most popular heating oils in the UK. Our domestic heating oil prices are highly competitive and kerosene is a rebated fuel for even greater savings.

We understand how important it is to stay warm and comfortable, which is why we offer a free local delivery service on our heating oil, fuels and lubricants. As well as fuel for domestic customers, we can also supply fuels and lubricants for the agricultural and industrial sectors, so give us a call today or contact us online to find out more.

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