With the winter months approaching, now is the time when every homeowner turns their mind to their heating bills. Receiving your winter bill is never a pleasant experience; the time when you are reminded, once again, that the basic human necessity of keeping warm comes with a price tag.
While there is always going to need to be some expenditure on heating bills, there are a few steps you can take to ensure you’re not spending more than necessary. We all have areas of our house that are prone to weakness, meaning the cold is able to make its presence felt that little bit more easily. So before winter holds us all firmly in its icy grip once more, it’s worth a look through your home to investigate these areas.
Floors can be shockingly cold if not well insulated and installed using underlay, preferably as thick as possible. This is true regardless of the type of flooring you have, from the tiles in the kitchen to the carpet or laminate you have through the rest of the house. Even if your flooring is a kind that doesn’t require underlay, when it comes to warmth, it’s still worth actually using it. This will not only provide a more comfortable base to walk on, but will also help keep the cold out.
- The Attic
Your attic is a necessary check when it comes to seeing how well your home is going to cope with heat loss this winter. Most insulation is found primarily in the attic, so it’s worth taking the time to check it’s in as good a shape as you would hope. If you find any holes or other damage, then adding a few extra layers should help to keep you comfortable throughout the winter months.
- Windows and Doors
Ill-fitting windows and doors are one of the major causes of heat leaking out of your home, or cold air being able to find its way inside. Even if these areas look to be fitted perfectly to you, that might not necessarily be the case on a much closer level — so it’s worth taking the time to check. Splash water on the windows and doors from outside and see if any moisture leaks through. If you find that’s the case, Renewal by Andersen windows and doors could be the solution you need to sure up these areas.
All houses have vents, but if you leave them unattended, they could be letting in/out more air than you ever intended. Take a torch and inspect every vent individually; if you find any gaps in the surround, then add a little basic filler to ensure the control of air is better managed. Be particularly cautious of bathroom vents; the sealants used can often degrade over time due to the excess moisture in the air around them.
With the above taken care of, you can look forward to a warm and comfortable winter — without the extortionate heating bills at the end of it.