Warm up your home this chilly season with these effective solutions to heating challenges
Keeping your home toasty in the winter means creating an effective heating strategy, working with the orientation and architectural style of your home.
Installing insulation in your roof will help retain heat, as up to 40% of the warm air can be lost through it. If your rooms are carpeted, this will also hold heat in, and where you have timber floors, adding large rugs is another easy solution.
When you’re selecting a heater, consider the size of a room, the required heat output and your budget.
Make a checklist of the must-have features on a new heater before purchasing to ensure essential safety features such as a tip-over cut-out switch, a timer and a child-proof lock are included in the design.
TIP: If choosing a gas system, ensure it is flued for safety reasons.
The challenges faced in heating this style of home start with the lack of winter sunlight reaching the apartment due to its southern aspect.
The often large windows or doors designed to let in more light can also let more heat escape.
Shared walls and the compact size do help when heating the space.
To make a one-bedroom apartment in a high-rise block cosy, cover large windows or doors with blockout blinds.
Select a small portable heater to warm yourself for shorter periods on the low-wattage setting.
For longer use, opt for a heater that has a thermostat and timer to prevent hefty power bills.