It's not always easy to know how to get all the rooms as warm as you want, when you want.
Think of your heating as like sitting in a warm bath without the plug in, trying to keep it at a constant temperature. You can keep warm with the hot tap running, but if you put a plug in you can slow it down or turn off the tap. So think about where you're losing heat as well as how you put heat into
Insulating your loft and walls are two of the quickest and most effective ways of making your home warmer and cheaper to heat.
Find out what improved insulation could do for your bills:
You can save energy and money from having the right boiler system and radiators to suit your home and lifestyle, and making sure controls and settings are right for what you need.
The cost of heating comprises around 60% of the average energy bill each year, so efficiency is key. Ensuring that you have the right kind of boiler will also maximise your satisfaction with your heating system. There are several types of condensing boiler:
These come with a range of heat outputs and should be sized correctly for each room. This depends on the size of the rooms and windows, whether you have double glazing and the types of walls, flooring and insulation.
Thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) control the temperature of each of your radiators; installing a room thermostat also prevents your home getting warmer than it needs to be.
You may want to consider the latest smart heating controls, which allow you to control and programme your heating and hot water from your smartphone wherever you are. These devices know how long your home takes to warm up and cool down, so only heat it when needed; they also allow you to set different temperatures for different times of the day.
An energy advisor or heating engineer will be able to advise you what work would be involved, depending on your home and specific needs.
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Or if you're interested in a particular improvement click on the following links to find out what it could do for your bills:
If you live in the Bristol area, why not talk to our Energy Efficiency advisor? They can provide advice and services that help you give your home a comfortable temperature, balanced with an understanding of the cost of doing this and the choices you can make.