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Five Home Heating Tips from the Experts

Home HeatingWe Brits are famous for talking about the weather, but with the temperature drop over the past few weeks, how can you not? Cars are covered in ice, people are dusting off their slip-proof shoes and the UK Trade Fix team are wearing as many layers as possible. Having efficient home heating could save you a fortune!

Of course, falling temperatures make it more important than ever to keep homes warm and toasty, and not just for our own benefit. The right home heating can help to prevent damp, as well as keep pipes from freezing.

So, what are the best ways to heat your home or, indeed, the homes of customers?

Here are some invaluable tips from the UK Trade Fix experts.

underfloor heatingUnderfloor heating

Underfloor heating might sound fancy, but it’s a great way to both keep rooms warm and save on space. After all, underfloor heating means fewer radiators.

Underfloor heating can be installed under virtually any surface, from stone and tile to wood and carpet. It’s also ideal for any room, but the most popular is by far the bathroom. After all, nobody wants to be treading across chilly tiles in the depths of winter!

The system consists of electric wires and a layer of insulation, which directs the heat up towards the floor. Combined with a sensor that connects to the thermostat, it’s a great (and relatively cheap) home heating system that the homeowner can control.

loft insulationLoft insulation

Did you know that around 25 per cent of heat is lost through the roof of a house? Loft insulation is a great way to keep this contained, and is one of the most cost-effective home heating techniques.

Insulation is usually placed between the joists, plugging any gaps and stopping rogue warmth in its tracks. Loft insulation pays for itself, working brilliantly for around 40 years before it needs replacing.

cavity wall insulationCavity wall insulation

Of all the insulation types, cavity wall insulation is the most effective. After all, around 35 per cent of heat is lost through the walls of a home. It might not be quite as cheap to install as loft insulation, but it could save up to £160 a year on heating bills!

Cavity wall insulation is fairly easy to install. Insulating material is placed into the cavity between each wall, preventing precious heat from escaping into the cold. We even stock a wide range of cavity closers that improve thermal efficiency and prevent water penetration.

draught proofingDraught-proofing

Draught-proofing is simple yet devastatingly effective.

With 25 per cent of household heat being lost through poorly fitted windows and draughts, it pays to patch them up!

Things like self-adhesive rubber seals and traditional draft excluders can work wonders, while for bigger jobs, you might need to enlist the help of power tools and sealants to fix wear and tear, and plug draughty gaps.

clear guttering

Clear gutters

The simplest home heating solutions are sometimes the best. For example: did you know that clogged up gutters could contribute to damp problems?

Cleaning the leaves and other debris from gutters and drains is surprisingly effective. And in most cases, you won’t need much more than a good pair of gloves. If all else fails, and damp is still a problem, there’s always the option of specialist damp-proofing kit.

Effective home heating is so much easier than you might think. If you still aren’t sure about the kind of kit you might need to stop your home from losing heat, or have some burning questions about other tools and tricks of the trade, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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