Heating your home without central heating basically means keeping your house warmth without the use of heat from a central source or the mains. Among other measures, additional curtains can be incorporated so as to insulate the house and protect from thermal loss. The following are some of the best ways of home heating in without central heating.
Use of curtains
For homes with radiators, it is usually advisable to tuck curtains behind radiators so that they don’t trap heat.If no central heating is in place, curtains should be used to keep the available heat in the house. Because most heat escapes through windows, it is recommended to always keep curtains closed. Consequently, use of additional curtain lining (double layered curtain sheets either self-made or locally obtained)should be practiced.
Curtain use should not be entirely restricted to windows but doors too. Appropriate door curtains should be long, wide and lined with heavy material e.g. duvet. As soon as darkness approaches, all window and door curtains should be closed to help in keeping the house warm and insulated.
Shutting doors and windows
This is an obvious measure but one worth noting especially for homes with playing kids where a window can mistakenly be left open. Counter check that no window or door is left open. Also inform the family on the importance of this measure during winter. Ensure all the rooms that will be used at night are on the recommended habitable temperatures then shut that heat in.
Utilize natural light
In as much as window, doors and curtains should be closed to minimize heat loss, opening them when sunny is appropriate for natural heat from the sun to warm the room up. Use of sunlight should be embraced since it’s absolutely free.
Watching for draughts
Draughts are leakages that may occur via electrical outlets, window frames, Baseboards and switch plates among others. To minimize on unnecessary heat loss, small holes around pipes and vents should be sealed. Again, rolled up towels or unused clothing can be placed at the door bottom to keep the cold outside. Hanging curtains in front of draughty doors and windows can also help.
If your house has a cat flap or letterbox, it is vital to fill it with sheep wool, unused blanket or any other insulation material to prevent loss of heat or influx of unwanted cold air.
Use of double glazing windows is also encouraged. Because they are of different types, the best ones are those with an energy saving trust seal. Double glazing windows ensure sufficient heat is trapped inside the house thereby minimizing on the overall efforts made in home heating.
Again, revamping windows is also essential in minimizing heat loss. This can be through the use of multiple panes for effective insulation or sealing of edges and cracks. Always check and practice simple repairs such as replacing damaged wood and missing putty.
This can be through different ways. The easiest is the use of blankets on sofas and arm chairs for that cosy and warm feeling. Consequently, the use of extra blankets in beds will also provide additional warmth. When it comes to floors, covering them with rags and towels will help protect your feet from their coldness.
A warm mode of dressing should also be considered. Wear tights and leggings under trousers. Also sleeveless T-shirts and tops should be worn under shirts for provision of another layer. Consequently advise every family member to wear a hat, hand gloves and booties.
Use of hotties
In addition to layering, heat the body from inside by taking tea, soup or hot drinks. Keep fingers warm by holding the warm or hot mug from outside.
Cheap hot water bottles can also be used to treat each family member by snuggling before bed time. If it is entirely cold, hot water bottles can be put in bed some few hours before bed time to create an electric blanket feel.
Spreading the warmth
An oven can be a very important source of heat to your kitchen and house as a whole. After preparation of the evening meal, the oven door should be left open (with the oven switched off) to spread the already used heat to the entire kitchen and the surrounding areas. This way, a lot of heat which could have easily been wasted is preserved.
Another way of getting the most out of the heating source is to dry clothes in front of fire. This way, warm air rises to the living room and with all openings closed and draughts taken care of, sufficient heat is kept in the room.
With the current unfavorable economic conditions and high cost of maintaining a central heating system, the above are some of simple ways that can be utilized to heat your home.