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Keep House Warm Without Central Heat the Easy Way

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We’re all guilty of being heavily reliant on cranking up our central heating systems to get us through the chilly British Winters. Though it may be convenient to just turn to our radiators for comfort, too much central heating is an expensive habit, reflected directly in our bills.

However, we still need to keep warm to avoid making ourselves ill as the temperatures plummet. So the question is, how can we keep house warm without central heat?

Below are 10 easy and effective tips to help you do just that…

Top 10 Ways to Heat Your Home for Less

  • Use thick curtains at night. This is an extremely easy, yet extremely effective tactic to keep your house warm without central heat. The simple fact is that your house loses a lot of heat through your windows. Use as thick a material as possible and keep them drawn as soon as the sun sets, to avoid losing any precious warmth.
  • Conversely, throw your curtains wide open during the day. Let the sunlight stream in at daytime to essentially take in as much ‘free heat’ as possible, via the sun. You’ll be surprised at how much this can instantly warm up your house, even with the elusive British sunshine.
  • Another way to keep your house warm without central heat is to effectively block out any draughts, which can be a huge cause of heat loss. Draught proof your doors, windows and any other cracks and holes to keep the heat in your home. Watch out for smaller spots that you may miss, such as letterboxes and cat flaps, which can be equally bad at letting chilly gusts in. To learn more about where to start with draught proofing, check out where the main draught spots in your home could be.
  • When you do have your heating on, make sure your radiators aren’t being blocked. Avoid placing large furniture or other items in front of your radiator, as these will instantly absorb any heat that it emits. Keep radiators clear of obstructions, and allow the hot air to circulate freely, so your home remains warmer for longer once the heating is off.
keep house warm without central heat

In extremely cold temperatures, you may have no choice but to turn to central heating, In that case, make sure that you’ve used your timer effectively. Keeping the heating on all day is inefficient and wasteful, even if it is on a low setting. Set the time to coincide with your family’s schedule, so it is only on when actually required

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  • Keep the doors of rooms you’re not using firmly closed. Bigger spaces are chillier for a reason. Try and create a warm and confined space, by keeping doors closed to avoid too much air circulation resulting in heat loss. This is a rule you must try and instill in all your household members, as it’s an easy one to forget!
  • Learn more about using heating controls to save money. Simply turning your thermostat down could result in a massive reduction in your energy bills.
  • If you can’t afford to get your windows double glazed, there’s a cheaper option. You can buy a special film, and place it across a single glazed window to achieve a similar effect, for a much smaller investment. Another option for DIY double glazing is using foam strips to seal any gaps in your windows which are resulting in heat loss.
  • To keep a house warm without central heat, don’t forget your floors. The National Energy Foundation (NEF) has stated that up to 10% of heat loss can be due to uninsulated floors. Make sure any cracks are covered with fillers, or invest in warm carpets and fluffy rugs to cover up bare floorboards.
  • In extremely cold temperatures, you may have no choice but to turn to central heating, In that case, make sure that you’ve used your timer effectively. Keeping the heating on all day is inefficient and wasteful, even if it is on a low setting. Set the time to coincide with your family’s schedule, so it is only on when actually required.

Hopefully these ten tips will help you in your efforts to keep house warm without central heat. If all else fails, turn to warm clothing! Wear several layers to keep yourself cosy during chilly evenings, and you may not feel as much of an urge to crank up the heating.

Seeking out more cost-effective ways to heat your home? Simply call 0800 1700 636, or click the button below for more expert advice today!