How to Keep Warm This Winter
With the current concerns over energy costs, Truscott Property are here with some top tips on the most efficient ways to keep warm this winter.
Adjust Your Thermostat
The recommended temperature to heat your home at is between 18-20 degrees. This is more efficient than blasting a high heat that may not be retained.
Have Your Heating and Hot Water on a Timer
This is more efficient than having your heating running on a low temperature all day. Only have it coming on when necessary then automatically turn off at appropriate times during the day.
Use Thermostatic Radiator Valves
This enables you to control the temperature in each individual room. You should turn the temperature down in rooms that are not used as often.
Turn Heating Off Sooner
Turn the heating off 30 minutes to 1 hour before leaving the house or going to bed. The temperature should remain comfortable as it begins to cool.
Check Smart Meter Controls
This allows you to control your heating from your phone so you can be even more efficient.
Maximise Heat Retention
Poor insulation will result in heat being lost much quicker. Where possible, draught proof doors and windows. Keep curtains and blinds open during the day to allow the sunlight to heat the room, then close curtains and blinds once it starts to get dark to retain the heat.
Service Your Boiler
Annually servicing your boiler means you can ensure it is working as efficiently as possible and there are no leaks that may cause a spike in costs.
If your boiler is more than 12 years old it may be worth replacing it with a more energy efficient model. The initial outlay will be costly but more cost efficient in the long run.
Wear Extra Layers
Grab a cosy jumper and layer up for extra warmth.
Written by Bev Park and Lori Annan
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