Some top home improvement tips to warm up your home

 

Please note we’d always recommend getting at least three quotes from different reputable installers before carrying out any improvements.

Draft-proof your windows and doors

Research has found that nearly half of the UK’s homes still need to draught-proof their windows and doors. This is a relatively easy job to do yourself and it could save you between £10-£30 a year on heating bills.

Insulate your pipes

Insulating your hot water pipes is a quick and easy way to save energy. As well as reducing heat loss from your system, pipe lagging will also prevent pipes from getting too cold in winter, and therefore prevents pipes bursting.

You can buy foam insulation tubes online or from a DIY store and slip them over your pipes. In a typical 3-bed semi-detached house, materials will cost around £20, and you will save around £3 – £7 a year on your energy bills, as well as reducing the possibility of expensive repair bills from burst pipes.

Upgrade your heating controls

Room thermostats allow households to set and maintain the temperature at home. A programmer sets the heating to turn on and off at certain times of the day to suit your lifestyle.

Thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) let householders control the temperature of each radiator. Smart controllers are the latest devices to help control your settings even remotely. You could save between £75-£155 a year on your energy bills with an upgrade.

However the equipment costs can vary significantly due to the variety of heating systems types and sizes and controls available. We’d be happy to advise and quote for you on upgrading your system. Just contact us via the enquiry box.

Invest in a new boiler

Modern boilers are far more efficient than older models. If your boiler is more than 10-12 years old it will be much less efficient than a newer model, so you might want to consider replacing it with a more modern type.

Costs and savings will vary depending on your current boiler’s efficiency, fuel type and your house type but fuel bill savings can be significant. Again we’d be very happy to quote for a replacement system. Just contact us via the enquiry box.

Top-up your hot water cylinder insulation

Nearly all UK hot water cylinders have some insulation, however those with a hot water tank jacket under 25mm thick could benefit from top-up insulation.

A hot water cylinder jacket costs around £16 and by topping up your insulating jacket from 25mm to the 80mm version could save you around £20 each year.

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Top-up your loft insulation

The majority of homes have some loft insulation but many don’t have enough. The recommended depth is 270mm but the average in homes is usually just 120mm. Topping up your loft insulation to 270mm is not cheap (typically it might cost up to £250) but it’ll last forever and will help stop warmth escaping through the roof and could save around £12 – £15 a year.

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