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How to Efficiently Heating your Home this Winter

Efficiently heating your home in the winter can be a challenge especially when the temperature drops to freezing! When the frost becomes more of a regular occurrence, we want to stay as warm and as cosy inside our rental or home without breaking our heating bill budget. Doing a few small things to prepare can make your winter season much more efficient and save you money.

Follow these handy heating tips for heating your home:

1. Get to know your boiler or heating system

Heating your home effectively & efficiently, you will need to know how to operate the heating system. Being comfortable using the thermostat and timer will make it easier to create a heating regime that works best for you.

2. Bleed the radiators

Allow the radiators in your home to work at their optimum level by ensuring they have been bled and are heating up properly. If you’re unsure how, follow this how-to guide.

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3. Aim for the optimum temperature

During the day, when the heating is most likely to be on, its best that you find an optimum temperature where you are not too warm or too cold. This sweet spot will allow you to enjoy a comfortable home without running up ridiculously high bills from overheating. The NHS recommend that you choose a temperature of at least 18°C (64°F) if you are over 65, but you can lower this if you are younger and active.

4. DIY draught excluder

Draught excluders prevent the loss of heat and the influx of draughts from beneath your door. These handy inventions have been around for hundreds of years, and you can even spare the cost of buying one by making your own. This can double up as a fun DIY craft project if you are looking for something to do indoors in the winter — take a look at the National Trust’s fool-proof guide to making a festive draught excluder for further instruction.

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5. Check your windows

Cracks can sometimes form in window frames and allow in a draught. Check the windows and cover any gaps with draught-proofing strips.

6. Put your extractor fan on a timer

Extractor fans in the kitchen or bathroom can cool the house if left on unnecessarily. If possible, install a timer on your fans.

7. Make the most of curtains

Another way to heat your home is to close the curtains as this can add an extra layer of insulation, as well as allowing you to show them off!

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Make sure you stay warm this winter!

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