There is no denying that the constantly increasing cost of everyday bills makes the thoughts of another cold Winter brutal. With energy and heating costs at an all-time high, we have asked our experts at Beattys of Loughrea for some advice to help heat your home this winter.
1. Maintenance Of Heating System
Whether it's 'Servicing your Boiler' or 'Bleeding your Radiators', make this a priority before the Winter Months. We need to care for the things that care for us. It's a no-brainer!
A Serviced Boiler (Oil or Gas) can improve the performance of your heating system by one-tenth. You should save double what it will cost you to get a boiler service.
It’s the same with your Radiators. By caring for them and releasing the air trapped in your radiators, you significantly increase the efficiency of your central heating. You can also install an Auto De-Aerator for your radiators at €15 per valve. If this is not in your budget, just set a reminder on your phone and invest in a suitable Allen Key Set.
Insulating your home can be an expensive step, but if it's within your budget, it's well worth considering. Both attics and windows are the main culprits when it comes to heat loss.
You've got two choices for DIY attic insulation: loose fill or blanket insulation. Both types of insulation can be used in uninsulated attics or layered over the material already there. Decide which type is best for you and examine the material options and prices.
Our experts recommend Isover Spacesaver loft roll. It's a glass mineral wool that provides high-quality thermal insulation with a Thermal Conductivity of 0.044 W/mK and an A1 fire Safety Rating.
Typically used as loft insulation but also suitable for use between the joists in suspended timber ground floors and flat roofs.
- Thermal Conductivity 0.044 W/mK
- Excellent acoustic performance
- Excellent fire safety - A1 fire rated
- Improves energy performance and reduces heating & cooling costs
- Made from recycled glass - minimal manufacturing and on-site wastage.
- Vapour permeable breathable insulation
- Easily Installed
- Pack contains 7.78 x 1.2m (3x386mm or 2x580mm) 9.34m2
Adding thermal curtains to your windows can also make a huge difference.
Pro Tip: Measure your curtains and make sure they fit the window perfectly; this will help retain heat.
Make sure your windows have a good seal and use rope caulk to seal cracks.
Polycell Polyfilla Decorators Caulk is a flexible permanent acrylic sealant specially formulated for internal and external use in areas subject to movement. Perfect for sealing cracks between skirting boards and walls, pointing around windows and doorframes, and filling cracked plaster. It gives a smooth finish that does not require sanding.
3. Purchase a Solid Fuel Stove
A solid fuel stove can be a great addition to your home if you are in the market for a new heat source. It can heat your home for less as it's three times more efficient than your standard fireplace.
It can also play a role in heating your water, giving your central heating and immersion a break. Having a choice in fuel source is also a big bonus. With the ever-changing price, you can choose your fuel depending on what is value for money.
And, of course, they are incredibly stylish, adding a welcoming environment to any room.
4.Invest in Heavy Duty Soft Furnishing
Sometimes investing in small things can make a big difference. Picking up thicker curtains and a few heavy throws can add extra warmth to a room with little cost.
Top tip: Don't let your curtains block the radiators and stop the heat circulating in the room.
A great addition to your home is a weighted blanket. It will generate an immense amount of heat but also provide comfort during the Winter months. Link: https://www.beattys.ie/products/6-8kg-sherpa-fleece-weighted-blanket
5. Compare Prices
Different shops can offer excellent value on products, and they may be closer than you think. Shop local as much as possible; this doesn't only help the local community but also your pocket too. Shops like Beattys of Loughrea promise to provide the best quality products at a reasonable price.
Beattys of Loughrea promises to match its competitors if you find better value elsewhere. Check out Beattys of Loughrea Price Match for more Information (T & C apply).
Do your research and shop around. Take a little time to understand your needs and review popular brands. Use the expert knowledge; people working with these brands daily have all the information you need to make an informed decision. Don't be afraid to ask questions.