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CENTRAL DISTRICT TIMES, MAY 22, 2012
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Cold or cosy? How's winter looking?
Getting the most for
the money spent on
warmth is crucial.
Being prepared for the cold will keep you warm and save you money
Ideally the wood required for your
heating is already cut, dried and
stockpiled for the cold days ahead.
However, it is not too late for this
season, nor is it too early to begin
preparations for next season or for a
winter that could seem very long-
Having wood dry is hugely
important. Not only does dry wood
produce more heat when it is burning,
but it also produces far less smoke,
therefore minimising pollution.
By stockpiling in advance, the wood
has a chance to dry out and be much
more suitable for burning than in a
wet and green state.
Talk to any elderly person and they
will undoubtedly tell you the only
choices they had for keeping warm in
their home in days gone by were by
lighting their open fire or coal range
and turning on their electric heater.
Today a family has options galore,
and getting the most for the money
spent on warmth is crucial.
Whether a new home is being built,
or an existing one renovated, or an
alternative to a existing heating choice
is being sought, specialist advice is an
important priority before a final
decision is made.
Options for heating abound today --
from diesel or oil-fired boilers and
central heating systems to heat
pumps, wood and multi-fuel burners,
pellet or gas fires and solar or
But no matter the method, keeping
warm and staying warm and
comfortable is the priority.
There is nothing more cheerful than
a brightly burning fire, but sometimes
the work involved with these --
especially collecting and storing wood,
filling wood baskets and coal buckets
-- takes too much time in what can be
a busy lifestyle.
The goal for warmth, whether home
or in business, is to make it as easy
and as simple as possible.
Maintaining your heating system
and ensuring your house has adequate
insulation can make the difference
between a shivery winter and a cosy
Here are some specific
steps you can take to stay
Today instant heat is at the touch of
a finger but it is an individual decision,
and worthwhile doing the homework
on it, checking the sums and seeking
Have you ever given your house a
Warrant of Fitness?
Get rid of the obstacles to warmth
by completing a house check.
How well is your home prepared to
ensure optimum warmth is gained
from whatever option you select to
heat your home?
Homes can leak heat in many ways
and let in cold air.
There are simple ways you can
insulate the home and save on your
gas, fuel and electricity bills.
A home should be checked for leaks
that will let in cold air. Feel particularly
for cold air coming in around doors,
windows and electrical sockets, and
seal off leaks or cracks.
Windows are the least insulated
parts of a home.
Sealing gaps with caulk or weather
stripping or applying plastic to the
windows can stop cold air from
Does your fire or heating provide
optimum heat to match your
If possible, use a thermostat to
control the temperature of the heating
system you have and have it set at an
Most people will find it comfortable
about 22 or 23 degrees Celsius.
If it gets too warm then turn it down
Insulation will keep the heat in a
home. Insulation will not only make
the home warmer and healthier but
will it also help to keep heating costs
A well-insulated home can stop up
to 40 per cent of heat loss and
insulation can be easily installed.
Make sure there is insulation on
every portion of the ceiling and every
Ideally, these spaces should be
insulated to a high level to maximise
Drafts from windows and doors may
not seem an obvious problem but in
cold air is let in.
It is quite simple to deal to these
drafts by using appropriate materials
which can either be purchased at
hardware stores or can even be home
Eliminate those drafts in your home
by:Opting for double glazing to keep
heat in and the cold out.
Replacing windows and doors that
do not fit properly.
Fitting draught-proofing to seal any
gaps around windows and doors.
Using a ''draught stopper'' at the
base of a door.
Investing in good quality thermal
lined drapes for the windows.
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