With another cold spell on the way in the UK, any hopes you may have had about spring arriving and you being able to turn down – or even turn off – your heating have probably evaporated. It’s important to ensure you home is kept warm at this time of the year, but in some cases you could be spending more than you need to on your heating bills.
An article in the New York Times recently identified some of the most common issues homeowners face – and suggested some relatively simple ways to fix or at least minimise the impact they have on the heat of your home.
Draft proofing is the obvious place to start, and your windows are often a place where cold air can get in, and warm air can escape.
If you live in a period property then investing in new sash windows in Essex could make a big difference, but even if you can’t afford to replace all of your glazing there are some things you can do.
Lou Manfredini, host of House Smarts Television and Radio in the US, explained that using clay rope caulking can help reduce drafts. You place it between the window and the sash to eliminate the gap.
If you just want a temporary solution, removable caulking or adhesive V-seal weather stripping are among your options. According to Mr Manfredini, just taking these simple steps could improve the efficiency of a window by up to 70 per cent though.
Doors are another place that can be responsible for drafts, so check whether there’s a gap between the bottom of the door and the threshold, and if the answer is yes then pop a draft seal on the bottom of the door.
Another reason to take a look at your windows and doors – and how well they’re sealing – is to help reduce noise pollution, which has been linked to a higher risk of heart disease.