As the second half of 2017 gets well underway and the trees begin showing off their autumn colours, the days are beginning to get shorter and the temperature is starting its slow climb down from some historic highs this summer. Many of us are now thinking ahead to the winter months and, in some cases, dreading the fuel bills that we are faced with every year. Heating a home can be expensive, especially if one doesn’t invest any time in ensuring that the system is working efficiently. Below are four of the most effective low-tech techniques one can use to ensure that your home remains nice and warm all year.
Use Tin Foil
Tin foil is an excellent insulator and one that is often overlooked. It is, however, perfectly suited for low-tech heating hacks. Attaching tin foil to external walls not only provides an insulation boost; when placed behind a radiator it also acts as a reflective surface, which greatly improves the efficiency of the radiator by minimising the amount of heat that is usually lost to the wall. Foil, which is specifically designed for this purpose, is readily available and is inexpensive when compared with most forms of insulation.
By opting for thicker curtains, you can increase the insulation qualities of a room without drastically altering it aesthetically. Many people choose to have a set of heavy curtains installed during the colder times of the year, replacing them with curtains made from thinner material when summer rolls around. Another, albeit slightly more expensive option, is to select a pair of curtains with a thermal lining. These are often similar in appearance to normal curtains and might be a better choice for those who don’t like the look of thicker, heavier curtains. The cheapest way of increasing the insulation properties of your curtains is to buy some insulation material and add it to your existing curtains. Some people combine this with the installation of a tall radiator to improve heating efficiency.
Let Sunlight In
Curtains provide excellent insulation but this works both ways. That is, if heat is being generated from outside your home, by the sun, for example, then closed curtains will reflect the light and heat and prevent them from entering your home. You should keep your curtains open during the day to let the heat in and then close them at sunset so the heat remains for longer. During the evening, your radiators can provide extra heat if you need it.
Double glazing is a tried and tested method for greatly improving heat retention. Double glazing essentially adds another layer of glass to each window, with a small air gap in between. This is one of the costlier methods available but is guaranteed results.
A warm home is important and during the winter months an inadequately heated home can end up causing health problems for occupants. These low-tech hacks will help you ensure that your home remains warm while your heating bills remain low.