Warm up your home
There’s a lot of factors that can affect how warm your home is and how warm it stays in cold weather. Consider getting a room thermometer to help you track the temperature of your home and make sure that it’s not getting too cold.
Set when your heating comes on
It sounds almost silly, but if you can, setting your heating to come on at the right times can mean your home is warm right when you need it to be. Set it to come on just before you get up in the morning or when you’re due to come home to maximise its efficiency.
Get your boiler checked
When the temperatures get low no one wants to be surprised by a boiler breakdown. Not having heating or hot water in cold weather is not a fun way to live while you wait for a boiler repairperson to come fix it for you.
If you rent your home, it’s a legal requirement that your landlord gets the boiler serviced each year, so be sure to get in touch with them if you think yours might be due.
Check your radiators
Are they getting warm all the way up or are there cold spots? If your radiators don’t get warm at the top, then they may need bleeding to get rid of trapped air in the pipes and help the hot water circulate more effectively. It’s considered good practice to bleed radiators at least once a year.
There are plenty of guides online to help you with this if you’re not sure how to do it (search “how to bleed a radiator”), or you could ask a friend, relative, or professional to help you out.
Guard against draughts
A draughty house can defy even the best heating system to let in the chill. Try using a draught excluder on your door and making sure to close your curtains to help keep the cold out.