The days are getting shorter and darker, and as autumn leaves begin to fall and the temperature starts to drop, it's time to prepare your home for the cooler months ahead. You want to be snug and cosy without worrying about the costs of energy bills before the cold of winter bites. Then you can relax and enjoy your home in the colder seasons of the year.
Book a checkup for your boiler
Before the cold weather sets in, it’s always wise to book a boiler checkup. A certified technician can ensure that your heating system is in good working condition, identify any potential issues, and perform necessary maintenance. This not only helps your system run efficiently but also extends its lifespan, saving you money in the long run.
A change is as good as a rest!
It's important not to block radiators where possible, so consider rearranging your furniture as the cold seasons begin. And your new arrangement might leave more space for seasonal decorations or a stash of logs! If you have a radiator heating system, it's essential to bleed them regularly. Trapped air can prevent them from working efficiently, leading to uneven heating. Bleeding your radiators will ensure they operate at their best.
Get a smart thermostat
Instead of heating your home too early or too late, flick the heat on as you leave for home. So, you don’t have to waste energy setting your thermostat to come on at the same time each day. All that waste can be costly. It’s a game-changer when it comes to heating your home efficiently. This is because it allows you to control your heating remotely. Many smart thermostats also learn your preferences and adjust the temperature accordingly, optimising energy usage.
Only heat the rooms you need
There's no point in heating a room you don’t use! Perhaps turn off the radiator in the kitchen if you are cooking; the heat from your oven will warm it sufficiently to dry your tea towels! Heating specific areas of your home instead of the whole house is an energy-efficient way to keep warm. You could also use portable heaters or adjustable radiator valves, so you can focus warmth where you need it most, such as the living room or bedroom, while keeping other areas cooler.
Insulate your home
Proper insulation is crucial for maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature while reducing heating costs. Check for gaps and drafts around windows and doors, and seal them using weatherstripping or caulk. You may also consider adding extra insulation to your attic and walls for better heat retention.
Maybe it’s time to buy some new curtains; they may freshen up your rooms. If the answer is no to this suggestion, keep them closed during the evenings and at night to reduce heat loss. During sunny days, open them to let natural sunlight warm your rooms, saving energy.
Solar panels that pay for themselves!
Solar panels are becoming more affordable and are available on finance from big energy suppliers. You may have the option to sell your electricity back to your local supplier which means your solar panels could pay for themselves. Consider a heat pump. Both of these technologies harness natural resources to provide heating and can be both cost-effective and environmentally friendly in the long term. They will also add value to your home and make your home more desirable.