Heating the family home is a huge part of ensuring that your family are well cared for during the winter months, and is an integral part of ensuring that they are comfortable in their beds at night. It’s vital for the health and well-being of your family that you choose the right kind of heater for your needs – just as much as it’s vital for your hip pocket every month when your bills come in. A big part of choosing the right heater is ensuring that you have energy efficient heaters throughout your home, as it’s going to mean a better energy bill, and less of an impact on the environment. No one wants to spend more money on their heating than they have to, and while heating your home is a vital component of keeping everyone cosy, you can do it in a cost effective way to heat your home efficiently.
There are a number of ways to improve the effectiveness of your heater at home, and you can follow some of these easy tips to ensure that you’re getting the most from your winter months.
Improve the effectiveness of your heater
Before you even think about flicking the switch to turn your heater on, make sure that you've taken the right steps to ensure that your home is well insulated and protected against any droughts or issues in the room or rooms you are trying to heat. There’s really nothing worse than flipping the switch to turn on your heater and then waiting as the minutes tick coolly by, while you shiver and hope to god that the heater starts to work soon. A cold room does not a nice place make, and you would be well advised to fix things up on the insulation side of things before winter arrives.
Make use of the space
When you’re heating a room, think about the space you’re trying to heat. Do you have a full floor to ceiling window that has the sun beating on it – be it a winter sun or not – but you've got the curtains closed? Think about opening up the curtains and letting the sun shine through, as this will heat the room just as well as a heater in the middle of the day. Use the sun as much as you can for heating, and you’ll find yourself utilising a free source of energy which is entirely passive and excellent for your bills. You will even find that if the sun is heating something like a tiled floor, that you’ll see heat stored and released later into your home as the day passes.
Only heat what you need
If you have a large area that you’re trying to heat but don’t use all of the space, then think about dividing the room off from other unused areas with doors or curtains. The smaller the area that you’re trying to heat means that you’ll be able to see more bang for your heating buck. A ducted heating system may already allow you to separate areas up into zones, which means that you only need to heat the areas that are being used.
Insulate your home
In the winter months, you’ll find that up to 50% of your heating is potentially being lost through un-insulated ceilings and walls. Insulation is made up of any material that works to reduce the amount of heat that is lost or that goes into your home through the ceiling, doors, windows, walls or floor. Great insulation works to keep your home warmer with less effort on the part of your heater, and will also reduce your need for and reliance on heaters and other heating appliances.
If you don’t have insulation, or the appropriate measures in place to prevent heating loss in your home, then why not consider getting some put in place to improve the efficacy of your heaters and other related devices. Your family will be more than thankful and your heating bill is going to be reduced as well – always a welcome bonus!