With the U.K. still to escape the freezing cold weather of Winter OilFiredUp gives you some tips to stay comfortable without breaking the bank.
Be Thermostat Smart. According to the Energy Saving Trust your thermostat should be set to the lowest comfortable temperature, typically between 18 and 21 degrees. What temperature you go for will depend on the preferences or health needs of your family . It is important not to turn your thermostat down too low as this increases the risk of your pipes freezing.
Don’t overwork your heating system. Keep comfortable the rooms you use most. Close off drafty rooms, stairways or hallways. Close blinds for extra protection from icy night winds, but open them during the day so sunlight can help heat your home.
Reduce the drafts. This cold weather is an ideal opportunity to pinpoint the drafts in your home. If you have a heat leak you can go to a DIY store for materials, but if you can’t get there right away, improvise. For example, if you don’t have a door guard to block cold air under your front and back doors, use a rolled up towel.
Clear Radiators. Dust, clothes and furniture can block the heat and leave a room chilly. You can’t heat your home if the air isn’t circulating.
Make sure your oil fired burner is at its most efficient. OFTEC recommends that oil fired appliances and equipment are serviced at least once a year or as recommended by the manufacturer.