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4 Affordable Ways To Improve Insulation In Your Home Ahead Of Winter

affordable ways to improve insulation before winter

Thanks to DotcomBlinds who have written up this collaborative blog post.

When the colder weather starts to kick in, it’s normal to look for ways to make your home more energy efficient. 

One great way to improve efficiency is enhance insulation in key areas before the really cold weather hits. Having that extra bit of insulation may be the difference maker when it comes to keeping your heating bills under control this winter.

So, if you’re looking to save yourself some money over the colder period, here are 4 affordable ways you can bolster your home’s insulation. Hopefully these easy ways will help you to keep the warmth in without the need to have your central heating on all day long.

1. Insulate Windows With Thermal Blinds

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Thermal blinds from Dotcomblinds

Windows are a prime area in homes for heat loss. This means that an un-insulated window can quickly let warm air leak outside and cold air quickly leak into your home from the outside. 

So, it’s incredibly important that your windows are insulated as best as can be if you want to keep your home nice and toasty this winter.

An affordable and effective way you can quickly improve insulation around your windows is by installing a good set of thermal-efficient insulating blinds. These blinds will create a defensive layer between your windows and the interior of your home, helping to prevent hot air from leaking out and cold air from leaking in.

2. Block Off Draughts With Draught Excluders

Draughts are another thing which can cause heat-loss within your home.

Draughts occur when there are areas of your home like doors, exterior air vents and windows that haven’t been fitted properly, allowing cold air from the outside to breeze into your home through small gaps. These small draughts can quickly cool down your home, especially when the weather is colder.

Luckily, draught excluders are a quick and easy way to reduce the impact that draughts can have on your home. Draught excluders aren’t a new concept but they are very effective!

Just simply search your home for these draughts and place down draught excluders to block the cold air from leaking into your home.

Draught excluders can be made more sustainably at home with everyday household items (think up-cycled pillows or a piece of fabric and some stuffing) or be purchased rather inexpensively from the shop.

Just make sure to reuse yours for a few years to keep things as sustainable as can be. You find other ways to be eco friendly at home here.

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3. Use Foil to Insulate Radiators On Exterior Walls

You may think that you don’t need to insulate your radiators – it’s their job to add heat into your home after all.

But, when installed on exterior walls in your home, a good portion of the warmth generated by your radiators will leak outside through your home’s walls. Don’t get worried though, as there’s a quick fix for this. 

With some everyday tin-foil you can insulate your radiators to prevent your heat leaking out through your walls. Just secure some aluminium foil behind your radiator and it will reflect heat from the radiator away from your exterior walls and back into your home.

This will prevent heat-loss and result in your home feeling warmer.

4. Add Insulation Onto Your Home’s Pipework

Finally, we move onto our last budget-friendly insulation project – insulating your home’s pipes.

The hot water used to heat your radiators is carried around your home in metal pipes, but when your home is cold, the cold air can cool down your pipes and the warm water inside them, meaning that your radiators won’t get as warm as they should.

To resolve the issue of heat-loss in your home’s pipework, you can add on insulation in the form of foam ‘pipe jackets’.

These pipe jackets are essentially foam tubes, which can be attached to pipes to help them retain heat. It can help you save energy as your boiler won’t have to work quite as hard.

You can find these foam jackets at any good homeware store and usually they are incredibly cheap to buy and last for a long time! This makes them a great way to improve your home’s insulation on a tight budget.

On a larger scale, there’s also cavity wall insulation. This isn’t necessarily an affordable way but it is important. You can have a read up here on eco friendly insulation types.

Wrap up on easy ways to improve home insulation

There we go, four easy and affordable ways you can add an extra layer of thermal insulation to your home without needing to spend too much of your hard-earned money. 

By making a few simple changes around your home, you can greatly improve your home’s thermal efficiency and help cut down the size of your heating bills this winter.

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I’m the Creator and Editor of Tiny Eco Home Life. I write and publish information about more sustainable, environmentally friendly living in and around the home. Alongside this website, I love spending time in the natural world, living a simple life and spending time with my young family (Murphy the dog!) I round up my thoughts and recent blogs on the Eco Life Newsletter.