HomeServe provides five tips for preparing your UK home for winter.

How to keep your house warm

Increasing the energy-efficiency in your home could help to save you money on your heating bills**. No matter what type of home or budget you have, there are small steps you could take to help heat your home comfortably without running up your energy bills**.

It doesn’t have to cost the earth to keep your house warm – many of our recommended techniques are cheap and easy to do!

From bleeding radiators to boiler service plans, here are our top tips for keeping your house warm:

 

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Follow these four steps to keep your home warm:

 

Block draughts

You could insulate against draughts by checking your home for any space gaps. Getting draught excluders fitted around all doors and using putty, sealer and sealant strips to block cracks and crevices in floorboards and window frames are examples of ways that could help to prevent draughts from affecting the quality of heating in your home.

Rubber seals around some doors and windows can become worn over time and give space for air to seep through, it may therefore be useful to check to see if they need replacing.

One of the most common locations of a draft is in the chimney – what was once an unused fireplace in your home might not have been blocked up properly. You could check whether there is a draft coming through by holding a candle up in the opening to see if it blows out. If the candle does blow out, you could take the necessary measures to block the draught; this could include chimney balloons or chimney sheets.

 

Did you know?

Draught-proofing around windows and doors could save you anywhere between £15 and £40 per year, depending on the size of your home (Energy Saving Trust).

 

Bleed your radiators

Excess gas can sometimes become trapped inside your radiators, which could restrict the flow of hot-water through the pipes and thus hinder their ability to heat your rooms.

Bleeding your radiators could help to release this air and bring your central heating back to its full capacity. You’ll need a radiator key to enable this release and allow your hot-water to circulate more freely.

 

Install heating controls

Installing heating controls, such as room thermostats, could allow you to manually set the temperature in each room of your house.

A programmer could help to ensure that your heating turns on and off at the required times during the day. Thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) could provide even greater control by letting you adjust the temperature of each individual radiator. These controls are designed to allow you to have greater control over your heating and help ensure that it is only in use when needed.

Smart thermostats could help to increase your levels of control even further by enabling you to access your central heating from your phone, so you could make adjustments to your heating whilst on the go. These intelligent gadgets are also designed to monitor your heating habits in order to create personalised schedules that correspond to your lifestyle. Smart thermostats are one of the many ways in which you could improve your central heating system’s efficiency.

Did you know?

Using a full set of heating controls could save you up to £150 a year, depending on the size of your home. (Energy Saving Trust)

 

Get your boiler serviced

An annual service from a Gas Safe-registered engineer could help to identify any faults and potentially allow you to avoid forking out for costly repairs on your boiler in the future. This way, small problems could be nipped in the bud before they become expensive and your boiler could function at its highest level of efficiency.

Boilers are much like cars in terms of their servicing requirements, the longer they go without one, the worse their performance could become and the more likely they are to develop faults. That’s why we always recommend booking a service on a yearly basis, whichever model you happen to have in your home.

 

Four reasons to choose HomeServe for your boiler service:

  • We’ll provide upfront and transparent pricing
  • Our engineers are Gas Safe-registered
  • Our engineers are experienced with most boiler makes and models
  • Engineers will call ahead of your appointment to let you know when they are on their way

 

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It is crucial to remember that you should only perform checks on your boiler that are simple with minimum risk. Do not attempt to fix the issue yourself as this could be extremely dangerous.

All of our engineers are Gas Safe-registered and fully qualified to diagnose and fix your central heating problems, so whether you know what the problem is or not, you can book an appointment with a local expert to diagnose the issue and get your heating back up and running effectively again.

 

**Source: energysavingtrust.org.uk. Saving calculated when replacing G-rated with A-rated boiler in a semi-detached house.

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