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There’s nothing worse than sitting in a freezing cold house so as soon as the winter sets in, all of the radiators will be on full blast. But what if you put the heating on and it just never seems to get warm? It’s a big problem in a lot of houses and there are quite a few different reasons that it happens. Being cold isn’t your only problem either, if the house is freezing cold all of the time, your heating bill is going to be massive during the winter months so you need to find some way to heat the house more efficiently. The good news is, there are a lot of simple fixes that you can make. The bad news is, it’s sometimes a larger problem with the house that can be expensive to sort out. So, why is your house so cold all of the time?
The Type Of House
Some types of house are a lot easier to heat than others so you might just have to work a bit harder to keep it warm. For example, a terrace house will keep its heat in a lot better than a detached house because you’ve got other houses either side of it, which means you’re not losing all of the heat through the outside walls and you’re not getting a draft coming through. A semi detached is slightly better than a detached because you’ve got one wall covered but you’ll still have more trouble heating it. The bad news is, if you’re living in a detached house, you’ll have to find other ways to beat the cold.
If you do live in a detached house, that doesn’t mean you’re destined to be freezing cold all of the time. You shouldn’t have a problem with the cold as long as the walls are insulated properly. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. In newer properties, the building materials tend to be better and there are new forms of insulation that work better than the old ones. But if you live in a period property and it hasn’t been renovated, the insulation is likely to be lacking. If you want to replace the insulation in your walls, it’s going to cost you quite a lot of money. However, you’ll make that money back over the years in reduced energy bills so it’s a worthwhile investment. It’s also going to make it easier to sell your house because poor insulation is one of the biggest energy wasters around the home so buyers aren’t going to be interested if yours isn’t up to scratch.
A Bad Boiler
If the house isn’t heating up properly, it might be because all of the heat generated is lost. But it also might be because there isn’t much heat generated in the first place, which means you’ve probably got a problem with your boiler. In some cases, it might just be that it’s too old and it needs replacing but often, there are other problems that can be fixed fairly easily. The first thing to do is check the pressure on the boiler. It drops over time and that means your radiators won’t work efficiently. The good news is, it’s so easy to turn the pressure up yourself without having to call out a plumber. Usually, there is a valve that you need to open and then you’ll see the pressure gauge start to rise. Once it’s reached a good level, simply close the valve.
If the pressure is fine but the radiators are still not heating up properly, they might need bleeding. Over time, a lot of air builds up inside the radiators and so they don’t fill up with as much warm water. You can tell if the radiators need bleeding because they’ll usually only be warm at the top or bottom, not all over. If that’s the case, you can bleed them quite easily. There is a valve that you can open with a screwdriver until all of the air comes out. Once the water starts coming out, you can close it again.
If you’ve tried all of that and you’re still not getting anywhere, you’ll have to call a plumber in to have a look at it. Replacing the boiler might seem expensive but it’s a lot cheaper than paying massive energy bills every month.
Those are all pretty big problems that are going to be tough to sort out, but there are plenty of easy ways that you can beat the cold this winter. The windows are a big source of heat loss so anything that you can do to insulate them better is always a bonus. If they’re single glazed, you should think about replacing them with some more energy efficient double glazed ones instead. You’ll save yourself a lot of money and the house will be easier to heat. But if you’re not too keen on spending that kind of money, you can use curtains to stop some of that heat loss from the windows. If you’ve got very thin curtains on the house, you’ll really struggle to keep the heat in so you should replace them with some much thicker ones.
Knowing how to use your curtains properly is a big help as well. Even if you’re not using a room during the day, you should keep the curtains open. That will let the sunlight in and heat the house, then you need to close them when it gets dark to trap all of that heat inside.
If you’ve got a lot of hardwood floors in the house, they can feel very cold on your feet which doesn’t make for a very cozy atmosphere. Taking them up and replacing it all with carpet is a bit of a pain and you lose the easy cleaning benefits of hardwood flooring. But you can find a good middle ground with a few well placed rugs in the living areas of the house. They’ll be nice and warm on your feet and they also soak up quite a lot of heat and store it so the room will be warmer overall.
Most people don’t realize that the way they place their furniture can have a huge impact on the heat in their house. It makes sense really, if you put the sofa right in front of the radiator, it’s going to absorb all of that heat and none of it will circulate around the room. If there are rooms in your house that you just can’t get to heat up properly, it’s worth having a look at the furniture placement. If you’ve got loads of big pieces of furniture in front of all of your radiators, try moving things around a bit to uncover them. You’d be surprised just how much difference it can make.
Block Out Draughts
Sometimes, the house just gets cold because you’ve got a draught coming in from somewhere. The tiniest gap can let in enough cold air to make the house freezing cold so you need to try to work out where they are and plug those gaps. The doors are a good place to start because you’ll often get a draught coming in at the top and bottom. You can easily plug them with a draught excluder and stop the cold air from coming in. Sometimes, you might be getting cold air coming through the brickwork so it’s worth checking the outside of the building and fixing any small gaps that you can see.
If your house is freezing cold and you’re spending loads of money on heating bills, you can make these simple changes to keep the heat in and save yourself some money.