Heating is an age-old problem for many in the UK.
With the ever-changing weather, we’re now experiencing not just damp, in older properties, but also fairly strong heat waves.
Installing and maintaining an efficient central heating system in your home can work wonders and, when working properly, keeping your home comfortable should feel effortless.
A good tradesperson can help to keep your heating system in tip-top condition, but there are some things you can do to keep your house warm while saving some pennies.
How to make your home more efficient
It is easy to think that an improved central heating system can solve all your problems.
But there are some steps you can take to make your home more efficient and save money in the long-run.
Understanding your heating system and its controls is vital to running an efficient household.
Take the time to learn how your heating system works and, if needed, consult a professional.
A bigger investment, but potentially one worth making, is replacing your boiler with a more efficient one.
Sometimes, the type of boiler you have can really impact your home, resulting in heating engineers often advising homeowners to install a new boiler. Learn more about replacing your boiler here.
Combi boiler systems are widely considered to be a more efficient option.
This type of central heating system heats water at the source, so when you turn on a hot water tap or start up the boiler, heat is created straight away, meaning no hot water is stored or wasted.
Interestingly, your home will take around 30 minutes to cool down, so consider turning the heating off half an hour before you go to bed.
Utilising the sunshine – although this is rare in the UK – can also help you with your heating. Open the curtains and internal doors to let warm airflow through your home on sunny days.
Conversely, you should close the curtains at night to keep the warm air in for as long as possible.
Also, look out for any places in your home that could be letting heat escape, such as letterboxes or keyholes. There are covers for small areas that will help to keep the heat inside if you notice a draught.
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