‘I’m a heating expert – four easy ways to keep your home warm on a budget’

How to help distribute home heating with ceiling fans

LoftZone heating expert Dave Raval has four top tips to prepare your home for the colder months.

“There are lots of things everybody could do in their own homes that are quite easy and inexpensive to help save on your heating bills,” said Dave.

“The first thing I would always do in the home is to look for draughts.”

Place your hands over windows and doors to feel where cold air is seeping into your home.

One cost-effective solution is draught excluders, which can include cheap adhesive foam strips you can place in windows and doors.

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“Heat rises and in a typical British home 25 percent of your heat goes out through your ceiling, into your loft and out of through the roof,” said Dave.

People need “a lot more” loft insulation than they think, which acts as a woolly hat for your home.

Dave said: “Most people don’t know that squashing insulation makes it 50 percent less efficient.

“Don’t put boxes straight on the insulation, or board down directly onto the joists.

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“Doing this will double the heat loss which has a big impact on your bills.”

Dave recommended a raised platform for boarding to rest above the insulation (so as not to squish the insulation).

“Loftzone’s raised loft boarding StoreFloor is an ideal solution.”

Many people may be unaware that when a radiator is on in a room, heat rises, which means the ceiling gets warm first.

To counteract this, Dave suggested a radiator fan that “blows heat on to you”, rather than drifting upwards.

Dave’s final piece of advice is to make sure each radiator in your home has a thermostatic radiator valve.

He explained: “Thermostatic radiator valves can be fitted without needing to do any plumbing.

“They just screw on and allow you to turn down or up individual radiators – easy!”

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