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Tips on making your home warmer during winter

Published: 12th September 2018

Tips on making your home warmer during winter

Regardless of whether or not you’re looking to sell your home, it can be very useful to look for economical ways to keep it warm in winter, if only to save on your heating bills. It’s especially important when you are selling your home as there is a reason for the phrase “giving someone a warm welcome”.

Consider having a porch installed

This would probably be one for when you’re still planning to stay in your home for a while, but the upfront investment can really help to cut your long-term heating bills. Basically the idea is that your visitors enter your porch area and close the outer door behind them before opening the door to the main home. This limits your home’s exposure to the cold air from outdoors.

Insulate your home

We suspect that by this point in time, most houses will have been properly insulated, but if your house is the exception, then insulation is one of the best investments you can make. Just remember to keep hold of the paperwork for the job so you can use it as evidence for your Energy Performance Certificate when you come to sell your home.

Invest in double glazing

Similar comments as above. There is a reason why double glazing is pretty much a given on all new-build homes and has been for quite some time. Single-glazed windows are, however, still around on older properties. If you were sceptical about whether double-glazing could actually help to save money on your heating bills, like the adverts claim, then you can rest assured that it actually does.

Get your boiler serviced

Boilers tend to sit largely unnoticed, until they go wrong. Giving your boiler an annual service will not only help it to work better for longer, but can also help to flag up any potential issues before they put your boiler out of action.

Make sure your front door is properly sealed against the cold

Check to see if you need to attach a draft excluder to the base of your front door and, if so, make sure the front door can still open and close easily. Also remember your letter box, you can get draft excluders for them too and you might be surprised what a difference they can make.

Keep inner doors closed

In warm weather, you keep inner doors open to allow air to flow through the house. In cold weather, keeping inner doors closed can go a long way to stopping cold air from travelling through your house, even if you have a porch and is especially useful if you don’t.

Make sure radiators are kept clear

Radiators are actually convection heaters, which means that they heat up the air and as the air circulates, it heats the room as a whole. If radiators get covered, by long curtains for example or furniture, they can’t heat the air and so most of your room will go cold. On the subject or radiators, lining the wall behind them with reflective material can help to improve their efficiency. You can get special material for this - or you can just use aluminium foil.

NB: If you don’t know where your radiator key is, find it or buy a new one, and keep it somewhere safe as many radiator issues can be solved by the quick use of a key. Basically if your radiator is hot at the bottom and cold at the top, you need use a radiator key to open the valve and release the air trapped at the top, the close it again.

Use insulating window treatments

You can get all kinds of insulating window treatments at all kinds of price ranges, but at a basic level, thick curtains will do a pretty efficient job, especially if they are lined.

NB: Insulating window treatments will only help if your windows are properly sealed in the first place. If they’re not, you need to use some kind of sealant as a short-term work around and then look at replacing your windows, or at least the frames, at some point in the future.

Add some rugs

Hard floors may be great from the perspective of keeping them clean easily, but they don’t have the warmth of carpets (nor do they have their sound-reducing qualities). Rugs are a good compromise for this sort of situation. As they are essentially miniature carpets, they provide the same insulating (and sound-absorbing) qualities as carpets, but can be removed for easy cleaning. When adding a rug to a room, remember to think about ensuring it stays safely in place.

If you found this article useful and you are considering selling your Manchester property then please contact our local area experts at Indlu who are more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, why not use our free online valuation tool to see how much your property is worth!

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