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Can shutters help draughty windows?

Keeping your home warm over the autumn and winter months without it costing a fortune can be a problem for many of us. But there are some simple things you can do to make your home as energy efficient as possible to help keep your winter fuel bills down.

Here’s some top tips to keep costs down and also reduce your carbon footprint.

Insulation

If your roof and walls aren’t property insulated your home could be losing approximately a quarter of its heat through them. Many homes do have roof insulation but it’s worthwhile checking if your home already has it that it is adequate enough. The recommended depth is 270mm so if your existing roof insulation is less then this you can easily add more on top.

Depending on the age of your property your home may have cavity walls. Older properties – pre-1920 – were mainly built with solid walls so if your home was built after this it may be a good idea to check your walls have insulation too.

Draught proofing

Draught proofing your home, put simply, is looking at the places around your house where cold air can enter, and hot air can escape. This could be places such as your loft hatch, gaps in your floorboards, exposed pipework and cracks in your walls. If you do find any gaps you can easily fill these in using materials such as foam strips, flexible fillers and for larger gaps expanding polyurethane foam to seal them and stop the cold air getting in.

If you find that you have draughty windows and doors, installing plantation shutters could be the ideal solution for you. Shutters are fitted tightly to your window frame, so they naturally reduce the amount of draughts entering your home. They are also one of the most energy efficient window dressings you can fit for your windows as they not only help to reduce heat loss in the winter, but they also help keep your home cool in the summer.

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Heating controls

Changing your heating controls and using them to suit your living needs could also help save you money. Make sure you programme your heating and hot water to come on only when you need it and to turn off when you don’t. You can also add thermostatic radiator valves to your radiators so that you only heat the rooms you need to. Also bear in mind that by reducing your room temperature by just 1 degree can cut your heating bills, so make sure you add an extra layer before you turn the thermostat up!

Rearrange your furniture

This may sound silly but where you place your large items of furniture can really impact on how the heat from your radiators is distributed in your home. If you have large sofas or beds placed in front of radiators try to rearrange them so that the radiators are not blocked. Alternatively, if you do not have space do to this, simply pull the furniture away from the radiators to allow the heat to distribute evenly around your room.

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