Time to get the heat­ing sorted out

The Argus - - NEWS -

OC­TO­BER is here and win­ter is fast ap­proach­ing so now is the per­fect time to con­sider your home heat­ing needs for the months ahead.

Whether you use oil for you heat­ing sys­tem and are con­sid­er­ing stock­ing up in prepa­ra­tion for the chilly win­ter months or you are con­sid­er­ing an al­ter­na­tive form of home heat­ing, like in­stalling a wood burn­ing stove, now is the per­fect time to think about the op­tions avail­able to you.

There are many things you can do to your home to make sure it is as ef­fi­cient as pos­si­ble when it comes to keep­ing your home warm over the win­ter months.

If you live in an older house it may be a good time to think about adding ex­tra in­su­la­tion to keep you house warm and cosy and stop the un­nec­es­sary leak­ing of heat.

Be­fore ex­am­in­ing your heat­ing sys­tem, it is im­por­tant to re­view how well your house is in­su­lated.

For ex­am­ple, fit­ting draught ex­clud­ers around win­dows and doors where no draught pro­tec­tion is in place can cut heat loss by as much as 20% in win­ter.

In­vest­ing in high-grade in­su­la­tion does more than cut down on heat loss.

It also means that once your home is heated to the re­quired tem­per­a­ture, it is eas­ier for your heat­ing sys­tem to main­tain this tem­per­a­ture, so it uses less en­ergy.

In­su­lat­ing your home can give long term ben­e­fits through re­duced run­ning costs. Cap­i­tal in­vest­ment in your heat­ing sys­tem will also be re­duced, as a smaller, more ef­fi­cient heat­ing unit will be re­quired.

In­stalling or up­grad­ing your win­dows is also a good way to en­sure you get the most out of your heat­ing which in turn will make a big dif­fer­ence to both the en­vi­ron­ment and your bud­get.

We live in a world of ever grow­ing en­ergy-aware­ness. In­creas­ing home heat­ing costs; driven by fluc­tu­at­ing fuel prices mean we must try to use en­ergy as ef­fi­ciently and sus­tain­ably as pos­si­ble, with­out com­pro­mis­ing the com­fort of our homes, work­places and pub­lic build­ings.

There are a num­ber of fac­tors to con­sider when se­lect­ing the type of fuel for your home.

You may live in an area where con­nec­tion to the gas sup­ply is not pos­si­ble or you may al­ready use oil as your main source of heat­ing through the win­ter.

If this is the case then now is a good time to ring around to get the best price for your tank.

It may also be a good idea to con­sider an al­ter­na­tive form of en­ergy which could work in tan­dem with your own heat­ing sys­tem. Ex­am­ples of re­new­able en­ergy which could help to cut down on your heat­ing costs in­clude in­stalling so­lar pan­els, geo­ther­mal heat pumps for space and wa­ter heat­ing and wood burn­ing or dual fuel stoves which can also be con­nected to a boiler sys­tem and used to heat the wa­ter as well as rooms in the house.

If your home is heated by a gas boiler, up­grad­ing the sys­tem if it is more than ten years old or sim­ply ar­rang­ing for a service can help to lower your bills over the win­ter months.

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