It’s freeeeeeezing at the moment, or at least I think so.  The weather maybe unusually mild which you possibly have me to thank for as I did ask for a warm winter (looks like Santa was paying attention) but I am bracing myself for the cold as we all know it will eventually hit the UK.  I have been trying to prepare by thinking about how I can make the house more efficient in retaining heat.  But, what exactly can you do other than put on jumper after jumper until you lose the use of your arms and look like the Mitchellin man or in my case woman.

If your home is well insulated (walls and lofts) then that’s a good start but if not there are other things that you can do to help you along the way.

Double glazing can be a great way to save energy but it can be expensive to install.  In this case and generally to keep heat in draft proofing is a great option and can help save you money over the winter period.  I’ve been putting draft excluders against the bottom of doors.  Luckily we don’t have gaps around the windows but for those that do they should be filled as it really does help.  Chimneys and letter boxes can be filled with draft excluders which reduces the amount of heat escaping.  These will also help to cut heating costs which is an added bonus and ultimately what we are aiming for as well as a warm home.

 More ways to conserve heat and cut costs is by keeping doors, blinds and curtains closed.  I have all these covered so I’m getting there.  Insulating covers inside curtains are also handy as they reflect heat back inside.

Another important factor that will affect is the type of heating you have.  For those that do not have central heating it can be very expensive to install and isn’t as reliable as using electric heating.  Over time costs for repairs of central heating boilers can add up and can prove to be more costly than running costs of electric heaters.  Poor water circulation caused by sludge in the system or air locks can affect the efficiency of central heating radiators and can further increase costs.

We have central heating in most of the house but one of the bedrooms is not adequately equipped which leaves the room rather cold in the winter and as we are of Mediterranean origin we simply can’t manage without it being pretty warm (i.e. about 24 25 degrees ish).

What to do?

It doesn’t take a genius to work out that the ideal solution is to get an electric radiator.  The next question, where to buy it from?  Obviously I want a reputable company and, one that has been around for a while and offers a long warranty as this shows they have confidence in their own product.  Cue ‘Best Electric Radiators’, the products on their website are exclusive to them in the UK.  They selected their own branded products which have been tested extensively to ensure maximum quality and reliability.  This company delivers its electric radiators for free, includes a 10 year warranty on the radiator body and a 2 year warranty on all electric components.  I checked to see what previous customers thought and they had nothing but positive praise for this company.  So that’s the hard part of finding the company sorted.

 Next the fun part, picking one!!!!!

Best Electric Radiators is a leading UK supplier of energy efficient wall mounted and free standing electric radiators.  Their electric radiators are slimline, silent, fully programmable and reliable. They are manufactured using lightweight high grade aluminium.

Slim line digital (dry) and oil filled (comfort control) are available to choose from.  I had a look at both as one does.  By considering these I do away with unsightly piping which I can’t stand.

I found these useful:Radiators 1radiators 2The Slimline Digital electric radiator is silent during operation and can be easily installed.  Plus it looks good too.

radiators 3I liked that fact that it has a directional air vent to prevent wall discolouration as our the radiators at ours have been doing this:

DSC00440Isn’t that line unsightly, it’s also a nuisance as we now need to repaint.  Another handy feature that I hope never to need is the anti frost-mode that prevents temperatures getting below 5 degrees.

The comfort control electric radiator (oil filled) may not be as slim but it is also silent during operation.  It may take longer to heat up but once warm its heat retention is better than that of the Slimline Digital electric radiator.

radiators 4I am swaying towards the comfort control electric radiator but until I decide I take comfort in the fact that there is a free 48 hour delivery included with purchase so whatever I decide to do I will get the radiator in quickly.

31 thoughts on “Simple tips for Retaining Heat in the Home”

  1. Very useful post! My house is freezing too. We have single glazing windows and no wall insulation. I made thermal curtains last year while on maternity leave for all windows. That seems to work well, especially in the bedrooms at night. Thanks for sharing your tips

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  2. Very useful, I wonder if I could get one fitted in the kitchen as it does not have central heating it it, despite the boiler in there. Certainly an easier solution than new plumbing.

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  3. Great tips. We live in an apartment block with floor to ceiling windows in the lounge which let a lot of cold through. I’d love an electric heater to add a bit of extra warmth.

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  4. Thanks for all your tips
    I have an oil filled radiator
    Does take a while to heat up but seems effective
    Not great to look at but is great in my bedroom

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