It can be cold and uncomfortable outdoors during the autumn and winter months. Then it is nice if you are nice and warm inside. You can of course turn on the heating considerably, but this costs an unnecessary amount of energy and therefore also a lot of money. If you insulate your house properly, the heating does not have to be turned on so hard and you are still comfortable with it.
Insulating your walls, floor, roof and windows is of course a very effective way to save energy and make your home more comfortable. In addition, small measures together can also lead to a major improvement. These 7 small adjustments ensure that you are still nice and warm during the harsh winter months without heating.
1 : Banish Tour With Draft Tires
It is difficult to save energy when your house is in heat. Ban the draft from your house by closing cracks and seams in your windows and outside doors with draft bands. This allows you to save around 4 m3 of gas per meter of draft strip. With an average home with 2 outside doors and 5 windows, the savings can amount to 140 m3 of gas and € 84 per year!
2 : Cover The Letterbox
In addition to sealing seams and cracks with draft tapes, a smart way to block draft is to cover the letterbox. By placing a letterbox brush you prevent constant draft and save an average of 25 m3 of gas per year.
3 : Prevent Heat Loss Through The Window Frames
If you have single or double glazing, it pays to insulate it with window insulating film. By applying this foil to the window frames and tightening it tightly over your windows, the insulation values of single and double glazing are improved. For example, that of single glass almost becomes that of double glass and that of double glass almost like that of HR glass. This prevents a lot of heat loss, with single glass you save 13 m3 gas per m2 of window per year! With double glazing this is 3.9 m3 gas per m2 window per year.
4 : Do Not Heat For The Neighbors
Behind the heating a lot of heat disappears through the walls to the outside, which of course is a shame. The placement of radiator foil is a good and simple solution for this. Stick the foil behind the heater, this can be done with double-sided or magnetic tape, this means you won’t even see the foil. Between 4 and 35 m3 of gas can be saved per m2 of radiator foil depending on how well the wall is insulated.
5 : Close The Curtains
By closing your curtains when it is dark you help to keep the heat in your room. Because your curtains become warmer than glass, it feels a lot more comfortable with closed curtains. Make sure that your curtains end up on the windowsill and do not hang over your heating, otherwise you will block the rising air and you will have to burn harder.
6 : Close The Door!
If you are sitting comfortably on the couch watching TV in the evening, close all doors and only heat the living room. According to Milieu Centraal you can save an average of € 200 per year with this! Don’t feel like having to think about this every time? A door closer or spring is the ideal solution for this, it automatically closes the door for you. Also very handy if you don’t want to call your children 10 times a day to close the door.
7 : Spread The Heat
If you have a heating with a double or triple plate, a radiator fan can be a good option to make your home more comfortable. All you have to do is plug the fan into the socket and stick it to the bottom of your radiator. When the heating is on, the fan distributes the warm air better throughout your room. This means your house is heated up faster and the heating does not have to burn as long or as hard.