There’s nothing worse than coming home to a cold house after a long day at work. It can have a terrible effect on your mood and, if your house is permanently cold, it can have serious implications for your health. If you are struggling to heat your house without going bankrupt it may be time to invest in some home improvements to help you get the cosy home you deserve. By making some smart choices you can even end up saving money in the long term.
Many older houses do not have adequate insulation to keep them warm in winter. It is worth investigating whether you have cavity walls and, if so, whether they have already been insulated.
If you do have uninsulated cavities it can be relatively easy to get them filled and this can make a major difference to how much energy it takes to heat up your house to a comfortable level. It’s also worth looking into your roof space to see what kind of insulating material there is up there.
If there is little or no insulation this can be easy and cheap to fix as you can simply buy and fit insulation yourself.
Poor insulation is not the only thing which can leave your house leaking heat. Air tightness is a measure of how easily air can escape from your house to the outside and is a pretty good indicator of how much heat will flow out in the colder months. By fixing issues such as draughty windows and doors, you can significantly improve your home’s ability to retain heat, making it warmer and saving you money.
Get your boiler checked
The more efficiently your central heating works, the less is will cost you to keep your home at an acceptable temperature. Having your boiler serviced can make it much more efficient as this will ensure all of the components inside are working effectively.
Another option to consider is having your central heating powerflushed which can clean out any debris or blockages which are making your boiler have to work harder than it should to heat your home.
If your boiler is more than ten years old, it is likely to be much less efficient than a modern boiler and so will be costing you more to run. A modern A rated condensing boiler will generally be at least 90% efficient meaning you can turn up the heat without having to use any more fuel than you were previously.
If your boiler isn’t performing, don’t delay, call DHS today. We have over 40 years’ experience providing boiler servicing in Bristol and the surrounding area. Our engineers are all Gas Safe registered and provide a high-quality, value-for-money service meaning you can rely on us to get your central heating into tip top condition.