How to heat your flat efficiently
Talking about the weather is a UK pastime. Whether it is watching the weather forecast on TV, checking an app for the latest update or talking to the checkout operator in the supermarket about the rain outside, we’re a nation obsessed with the weather.
And with winter of 2016 predicted to be one of the coldest and possibly whitest we have seen in a long time, it is important that your flat is efficiently heated.
Many home-owners with traditional central heating systems will be reviewing their heating solutions as a result of the annual scheduled maintenance and safety tests. However, for those lucky enough to have invested in a modern electric radiator, they will be comforted in the knowledge that such heating appliances require little in the way of annual maintenance, and can simply be activated to quickly counter any icy blasts.
How to heat your flat efficiently can often be a little different from heating a house, typically due to the way flats are designed when built. Whilst you may find some useful hints and tips regarding heating a home, a lot of this advice is more specific to houses instead of flats. We’ve put together our top pieces of advice to make sure your flat is efficiently heated this winter:
- If you are using an electric radiator, it is important to make sure that it has a ceramic core. A ceramic core ensures that an electric radiator heats up quickly and maintains the heat it creates, guaranteeing long term performance. The effect is a comfortable release of heat, long after the radiators have stopped drawing power.
- Make sure that your thermostats are correctly fitted and controls work accurately to make your existing system more efficient. It is important to check the accuracy of a stand-alone heaters or basic electric radiators, as these systems are often not as reliable as modern electric radiators or central heating systems.
- Draught-proofing is one of the cheapest and most efficient ways to save energy and ensure that all of the heat you are producing is used correctly. Letting cold draughts into your flat means that you are literally throwing money out of the window.To draught-proof your flat it is important to block up unwanted gaps that let cold air in and warm air out. Saving warm air means less energy is used to heat your flat, so you’ll save money as well as making your flat warm and cosy. It’s an all-round winner.
- Is your flat insulated? About a quarter of the heat in your house is lost through walls, so having good wall cavity insulation could keep the flat warm with less energy used. These improvements needn’t cost the earth, as there are a number of government grants and schemes that subsidise insulation installation. Contact your local council or if you are a tenant, talk to your landlord.
Flats are not the easiest building to efficiently heat depending on how they were built and the materials used. These tips can make a real difference when try to keep your flat warm in the winter months and to help you heat your flat efficiently.