Get your radiators ready
The best defence against the cold weather is your radiators. If they are not working efficiently, then it will take longer to heat up your home. Once you switch on your central heating, the radiators will warm up your living room when every corner of your home. You can browse our finest radiators, from prestige brands like Rointe, Dimplex and Delonghi here.
If your radiator has cold patches, makes gurgling noises , or won't heat up with even distribution, it might be time to bleed your radiator. This is a quick and easy way to get your radiator working in top form again. It's a simple procedure, all you need is a radiator key or flat headed screwdriver to loosen the bleed valve. This can be found on the top left or right of the radiator. If you're not certain, consult a heating professional to fix your radiator for you.
Panel HeatersPanel Heaters are a smart investment to get ready for those cold, dark frosty Winter nights. They can be installed in your living rooms, bedrooms, and garages. The Smart Home Compatible ones can be switched on at the touch of a button. Panel Heaters are energy efficient and cost-effective, with most our range priced between £50-300. Their streamlined design means they won't take up much space when you install them in your living room. You can mount them to the wall if your floor space is limited. Portability is another benefit, so you move your Panel Heater from your living room to your bedroom so you feel cozy at night.
Rearrange your furniture away from the radiator
To help the heat distribute faster in your living room, move your sofa away from your radiator. Your sofa is absorbing alot of the heat when it touches the radiator. This way, the heat can travel faster around your room and home, and you won't feel like switching on a higher heat setting to overcompensate. Maybe now you'll be able to relax on your sofa and enjoy a cup of tea.
Do-it-yourself draught excluders
An old school technique to stay warm in your home is to invest in some draught excluders. They are a tubular or rectangular piece of clothing, which is placed at the bottom of the doors to keep out the draught. They'll also stop heat escaping through the gap between the door and the floor. You can easily make one by rolling up an old towel or piece of clothing, holding it together with elastic bands, and then placing it at the bottom of your door.
Insulating your loft
To prevent heat loss from the top of your home, insulate your loft in preparation for the Winter. Three layers of foam with a thickness of 8 inches (203mm) should be enough protection for your loft. The rolls of foam are designed to minimise the amount of warm air escaping from your loft. If you plan to insulate your loft yourself, remember to wear a face mask, goggles and protective clothing. Consult a professional if you are confident to insulate your loft yourself.
Warm up with a rug
In Winter, you might just be losing heat from right under your feet. The floorboards in your house won't always retain the warmth, especially if they have gaps between them. although vinyl or laminate flooring looks gorgeous, they tend to get chilly when Winter arrives. You can keep your feet toasty by placing a rug on the floor of your living room.
Close the curtains at night
It's always nice to open the curtains at the start of the day to let the sunshine in. However, you might be losing heat by leaving them open. To overcome this, close your curtains at night around 6pm, once the sun sets and you've had your dinner. As an extra feature, you could even invest in thermal lining to attach to your curtains during Winter.