Heat proofing is one of the most important things to do, especially in areas that experience extreme winters. Keeping your surroundings warm is an essential need. But saving your money while doing that is just as important too.
These are 10 simple ways of heat proofing during winters while not putting too much pressure on your budget.
- Insulation: heat proofing and insulation is one of the better ways to keep your house warm in winters. Instead of using heaters and appliances that require purchase, installation and energy costs, you can apply insulation that is only a one-time expense. Warm air escapes your home through all channel- roof, walls, windows and doors- insulation helps keep this warm air, you’ve paid for, indoors.
- Chimneys: Chimneys are an escape route for warm air. In most houses, chimneys are idol and this causes the heat to leave. If your chimneys are not in use, you should get them capped or covered by a professional.
- Windows: In most homes, windows have cracks or gaps which allows the air to pass through or the heat inside to escape. Droughts can also develop due to these cracks and gaps between windows and walls. You can use sealant to fill up these gaps and subsequently store the warm air in your home.
- Doors: in extreme winter conditions, you need to keep your house as warm as you can and for that, you need to take care of every small detail. As mentioned above, warm air escapes through doors as well. For gaps between the bottom part of the door and the floor, you should attach a hinged flap draught excluder, that will prevent the air from escaping.
- Exhaust Fan: mostly, people put up exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens. These fans are left on unchecked which will put out all the warmth inside the house. Timed extractor fans are best for this purpose, as they shut off automatically by sensing the conditions.
- Removing Airlock from Radiators: in most heating systems when air is trapped, the radiators donot work properly. They need bleeding and this can be identified by the cold spots on the top of the radiator. This improves the efficiency of the heating system as the air is released.
- Radiator Shelves: when the radiators emit warm air, most of it rises up to the ceiling instead of going in and circulating in the room. A shelf places just above the radiator helps to direct the heat forward into the room. These shelves are easily available at hardware shops, you can also get customized shelves that clip onto radiators.
- Disused or Exposed Boiler: an uncovered boiler is said to devalue the property value since it is dangerous. In the case of upgrading your boiler, there is no need for an air-brick in the external wall with the boiler since its likely to have a balanced flue. You can prevent heat from escaping by sealing up the disused vents.
- Gaps and Cracks In Floorboards: warm air is the most valuable in times of extreme winter and it can escape through any small gap. Usually there are gaps between the floorboards which allow warm air to escape. This problem can be resolved by filling these gaps with papier-mache, which is a very cost effective solution. This can be done by mixing wallpaper paste with pieces of newspaper and you can press this into the gaps.
- Curtains: since most of the warm air escapes through windows, curtains are one of the best and very inexpensive ways for heat proofing. Thick, heavy duty curtains or getting thermal lining for your existing ones can provide amazing insulation. But do not let curtains block the path of radiators as this will prevent the room from heating.