Is Your Home Always Cold? We Can Fix That!

Is your home always cold, regardless of where you set the thermostat? If so, you may have some serious issues involving either your heating system or the condition of your home.

In this guide, I’ll share several effective techniques for fixing a cold home. If you need any more advice, give Quantum Gas Engineering a call on 0203 633 2322.

Fixing A Cold Home

#1 – Tackle Cold Draughts
A surprising number of UK homes are not well sealed. They have cracks surrounding windows, doorframes, chimneys, letter box openings, and exhaust pipes. Unfortunately, these cracks can let cold air enter the property or allow warm air to escape.

Draughts will form whenever there is a gap for air to escape or enter your home, and a difference between inside and outside atmospheric pressures. Draughts will be worse if it very windy outside or you have exhaust fans in operation.

If your property’s draughts are quite bad, all of the warm air generated by your heating system will be lost very quickly, resulting in a constantly cold home.

Fortunately, there are several techniques you can use to reduce draughts, including:
• Add a letterbox cover
• Seal cracks surrounding doors and windows with a silicon sealant
• Use door snakes to prevent draughts coming in under doors
• Adding plants to your property to block wind
• Turn off and close off ventilation fans when not in use
• Check that your vents have flaps to prevent wind from entering
• Check that the attic hatch is sealed correctly
• Install keyhole covers
• Replace missing skirting boards (draughts sometimes come in between floor and skirting)
• Check that there are no open ventilation holes or ducts in your roof space
• Fill gaps between floorboards
• Close fireplaces that are not in use
• Add heavy curtains around windows to prevent draughts
• Have a air tightening test performed to identify the precise location of draughts

#2 – Give Your Windows A Facelift

Old single pane windows can be a major cause of heat loss. Heat is transferred through the glass via conductive heat transfer, reducing your home’s temperature. The ultimate solution to this issue is to install double or triple pane windows.

However, if you don’t have several thousand pounds laying about, there are a couple of cheaper options. The simplest is to install thick curtains on your windows. They will trap warm air inside your home and prevent drafts. You can also install insulating film over your windows to reduce heat loss.

#3 – Improve Radiator Efficiency

If your radiators are performing poorly, it will be impossible to heat your home efficiently. Here are a few tips to improve their operation:

• Ensure that your radiator isn’t blocked by furniture
• Install a shelf above the radiator to push warm air towards the centre of the room
• Install a heat reflector behind the radiator
• Keep your radiator clean
• Use radiator additives to improve performance
• Install thermostatic radiator valves so you can turn each radiator into its own heating zone
• If you have cold spots on the radiator, bleed it and consider having your heating system power flushed, to remove built-up sludge
• Have an air eliminator installed

#4 – Make Smart Use Of Timers and Thermostats

Timers and thermostats make it easier to ensure that your heating automatically turns on whenever needed and has time to adequately heat your home. It’s always best to turn your heating on a short time before you need it, so set your timer to turn on the heating system 30 minutes before you get home from work. When the weather is a little colder set it to turn on even earlier.

Avoid walking in the door and immediately putting the heating on full blast. It isn’t very energy efficient and will lead to higher bills. Instead, let your heating system gradually move the home to a comfortable temperature. Talk to Quantum Gas Engineering about smart boiler which have advanced timer functionally and smart phone integration.

#5 – Cover Your Floors

Heat can be lost through bare timber floors, particularly if you have a cold, uninsulated space below, like a cellar. The simplest solution to this problem is to lay down some rugs in the colder months. Adding insulation beneath your floorboards can also be a great way to prevent heat loss.

#6 – Add More Insulation To Your Home

While insulating your floorboards, take a look at the quality of insulation elsewhere in your home. The attic is usually the most important location for insulation, as heat rises. If you have an older timber home, have a peak behind one of the walls to see if the wall cavities are well insulated.

#7 – Upgrade Your Heating System

If your home is still cold, consider updating your heating system. Your current system may have performance issues or is simply undersized for your home. Give Quantum Gas Engineering a call and we will take a look at your heating system. Our skilled engineers will be able to quickly tell you if it is malfunctioning, too small, too old, or simply needs to be adjusted.

Quantum Gas Engineering Ltd. Are Accredited Viessmann installers.

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