Ways to keep warm this winter
As the Autumn and winter approaches and the unpredictable cost of energy bills, it becomes even more important to efficiently heat your home and ensure prevention of damp, mould, cold draughts or other issues.
There are many effective ways of keeping your rental property warm this winter whilst keeping costs down.
Draw the curtains (or blinds)
This keeps as much heat in as possible to prevent heat escaping from your home.
However do not restrict all outside air, as this could cause problems with condensation, damp and mould, so it’s advisable to ventilate your property well, particularly aft er cooking a meal or taking a shower.
Fit draught excluders
These come in all shapes, sizes and colours, and are excellent at keeping the heat in and the cold out. Prices vary, but expect to pay between £3.99 and £15.99
Use a clothes horse
Hanging washing on radiators may dry more quickly but it an actually affect your home’s ability to heat itself. Instead, use a clothes horse instead or better still, if you are able to, dry your clothes outside when the weather is dry
Keep a constant temperture
Keeping your heating on a constantly low heat can be more effective, and less expensive, than switching it on and off for short bursts of heat. To ensure you can do this efficiently, you will first need to get to grips with your thermostat (and its timer settings) to make sure your home is being heated just the right amount.
Close your doors
To stop warm air escaping and cold air moving around your home, keep your doors closed. By closing the doors in your property, it will help to keep rooms as warm and cosy as possible, to retain, rather than lose the heat are paying for.
If you have wooden flooring, you are likely to lose more heat than if you have carpet. Approximately 10% of your heat is lost with an uninsulated floor! So If you have a hard floor, you could benefit from laying some reasonably priced rugs to help to keep the heat in. – throws and snuggle blankets are another way of keeping warm without the need to knock that thermostat up a notch.
Hopefully you find these tips useful, but please remember, if you’re not sure what you’re able to do to your property under your tenancy agreement always check with your landlord first.
If you do have any serious problems with heat retention, your boiler or the property’s insulation, you should get in contact with your landlord or letting agent as soon as possible