Houses in the United Kingdom typically need heating solutions to stay habitable from October to March/April every year. Heating homes makes up for more than 70 percent of domestic energy consumption in the UK. The costs are, therefore, significant. But reducing the bill amount is not just about saving money but also about decreasing the carbon footprint. It’s important to strike the right balance between heating and energy bills. Fortunately, you need not spend much to get the balancing act right. Visit EOC Services to find out more.
Insulate Exterior Wall Outlets
Heat loss could happen for a variety of reasons. As surprising as it may sound, but an electrical outlet could be the culprit too. Place your hand against any wall-installed (near a window) electrical outlet on a windy day. If you could feel the cold air, you are losing heat. Outlet insulating kits or socket sealers can help address this problem. They go below the faceplate, and almost instantly help conserve heat.
Check Roof Insulation
If the roof of your house is not insulated properly, heat is bound to escape. Even if you crank up your furnace to its limits, your home would never hit the desired temperature level if the roof has issues. Also, improper roof insulation would let cold air in from the outside. Ensure your roof is properly insulated when you’re considering house temperature optimisation upgrades.
Let Sunlight In
During the day or when the sun is in its full glory, make sure you capture the free heat on offer as much as you can. Cold or not cold, the sun would always give off heat. Before leaving the house, open those curtains up and allow the natural light to shine in. Open only those curtains whose windows receive direct sunlight.
Also, close the curtains once the sun sets. By doing so, you lock in all the heat amassed during the day. If you live in a strikingly cold geographic area or house, get insulated curtains for the winters. They would prevent the warmth from escaping your home.
Put Your Ceiling Fans to Work
Many ceiling fans come with a winter-specific setting that reverses the fan’s movement. In other words, the fan moves clockwise instead of counter-clockwise. As heat rises, the reverse-spinning fan would push the heat into your rooms instead of sticking all that heat to the ceilings. This technique works better if your ceilings are sloped or high.
Layer Your Wood Floors
As per the NEF (National Energy Foundation), uninsulated wood floors could be responsible for up to 10 percent of a house’s heat loss. Rugs and carpets were made for a purpose. Use them judiciously to keep your rooms warm during winter. These layers are much more effective and efficient at trapping heat compared to the creaky wood floors of your house. Just add a roll or rug of carpet to the floor of your house during winter and make the space a lot cosier.
If the aforementioned tips didn’t work much and you believe a professional solution, such as air source heat pumps, is what you need, contact EOC Services.