During the colder months, many people think about ways to keep their home warm without the heating costs going up. It is always nice to include if we can save a few euros on our energy bill. The costs that we have to pay every year for heating our house do not lie in the end. Besides saving money, it is not always easy to keep a house warm. Certainly not if it is a somewhat older house with poor insulation. Fortunately, there are a number of clever tricks that you can apply to keep the heat in the house longer. We will tell you more about this in this Ideabook.
We tell you how you can ensure that less heat goes out of your house. This happens faster than you think and often also unnoticed. We also inform you about the advantages of the thermostat that heats your house according to a preset program. Of course we also do not forget to go into the natural heat source from outside: the sun. Read on quickly and apply our tips today!
Prevent warm air from leaving your home
To keep the heat in the house as long as possible, you must prevent the warm air from leaving your house fairly quickly. Warm air rises upwards, allowing cool air to be sucked in through a hole from the outside. Negative hot air creates negative pressure that acts as a suction cup, since the warm air that escapes must be replaced. As a result, cold air is sucked in, so that it cools down in the house. The effect is strongest in large homes where more warm air rises to higher heights and more cool air is sucked in. So be extra aware of this mechanism if you live in a multi-storey house.
To counter this mechanism, you must close the holes in the house. The most common perpetrators are doors and windows. To test this you can light a candle and walk through the house, where you have to stand still in the vicinity of the doors and windows. If you stand still and the candle flickers, then there is a possible draft hole. If you keep your hand in front of the hole, you will usually quickly feel that cold air is coming in. It may seem like a small and unimportant draft hole, but it can certainly make a big difference, especially when you have several such small draft holes in the house.
At the doors in the house you can reduce the drafts by presenting a draft stopper. This can be difficult if the door is used frequently. You can also buy a draft strip that you stick on the bottom of the door. For drafts on the sides and top of the door, and at windows, the draft strip is always the best solution.
Close draft holes
It is important to close all draft holes in the house. There may also be draft holes in your home that are not located near the windows and doors. Think of attics and cellars, but also the hood and special ventilation openings. Make a search through your house to see where cold air comes in. Then spend the necessary time to close all the holes.
To keep it nice and warm inside, it is advisable to allow as much sunlight as possible during the day. As soon as the sun is up, you want to give as much of this free heat as possible to your home. Even on cold days, the sun can still be quite warm. So before you leave your house in the morning, it is best to open all the curtains. That way the sun can shine in all day. If certain parts in the house do not get sunlight, you can just leave the curtains closed.
Do not allow hot air to escape through the window
To keep the heat in at night, it is advisable to close all curtains in the house after sunset. As soon as the sun goes down, you can keep a part of the heat in by closing the curtains in front of the windows. If you have a very cold house or if it is just very cold outside, you can consider choosing insulated curtains. These thick curtains will prevent some of the heat from escaping from your home. You can even hang temporary curtains in front of the outside doors, since you do not have to go outside at night anymore.
Remove your furniture for heating
To take full advantage of the heat from the heating, it is important not to hide the radiators behind your furniture. You may have unconsciously placed some furniture for the heating. Take a tour around your house and check that the radiators are not blocked. If that is the case, you can try to give your furniture a different place at least during the colder months. This ensures that every room in the house is heated by the heating and that no heat is lost for which you are paid.
Adjust the room temperature with a thermostat
To be as efficient as possible, it is advisable to purchase a programmable thermostat. This keeps the bill low and the return high. Instead of manually tampering with your thermostat, you can set an automatic program with a programmable thermostat. This way you can set it to be warm when you get out of bed in the morning, after which the temperature may drop a few degrees when you go to work. If you come home in the evening, set it a few degrees warmer again. A few hours before you go to bed you can make sure that the heating goes off, after which it can cool to a degree or 15 at night. The big advantage of an automatic thermostat is that you can never forget to turn off the heater.