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Guest Post: Heating Your House On The Cheap

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Guest Post, Information | Posted on 11-02-2013

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For many families, one of the main concerns at this time of year is the thought of running up an expensive gas or electricity bill. This is a significant problem, particularly at a time when it seems that the costs seem to be rising.

You may have real fears about how you will be able to afford to heat your home this winter. It’s important that you should keep warm and it’s vital to note that there are real hazards associated with failing to do so when the temperature starts to drop outside.

The best solution will involve a creative approach to staying warm. Although you may be tempted to imagine that your central heating system offers the only solution in this respect, it’s likely that you have a number of other options available to you.

Don’t heat every room

One of the big mistakes that some people make is to believe that they need to heat every room of the house. Although you may well have a radiator in each room of the home, keeping all radiators on will lead to a significantly higher energy bill.

A far better solution is to concentrate on only heating the rooms that you’ll actually be using. This can be achieved in a number of ways and you may take the approach of switching off radiators in particular rooms.

An alternative approach would be to use a small heater than can be transferred from one room to the next. There are plenty of mobile solutions available, including oil filled radiators and electric fan heaters.

Such heaters can be extremely cost-effective, particularly when you’re looking for a relatively short burst of heating within a room of your home.

Think about insulation

It’s also important to think about the heat that you may be losing. Since you are paying to heat the air, your spending levels will be higher if that warm air continues to escape from your home.

There are some significant steps that you can take to reduce heat loss, including the use of cavity wall insulation, modern double glazing and loft insulation. There may even be grants available to assist with the installation of some of these improvements.

There are also some simple actions that you can take to ensure that you are making the most of the heat that’s already within the home. Ensure that doors are closed, for example, so that the warm air doesn’t escape from rooms that you want to stay warm. Make sure that curtains are drawn too, in order to limit heat loss via windows.

Wear more layers

By wearing more layers of clothing you may find that you can avoid using other heating solutions to the same degree. This may make it possible for you to turn the thermostat down, allowing you to save a little more money.

Although you may feel that it’s uncomfortable to wear too many layers, the reality is that it’s good news for your finances.

Summary

The key to keeping heating bills low is to ensure that you use as little energy as possible. That means avoiding heating rooms that you won’t be using. It also means ensuring that you don’t turn up the thermostat higher than you really need to.

If you can make use of layers of clothing and ensure that there is sufficient insulation within the home, then you’ll find that your energy bills will remain under control.

BIO: This is a guest post on behalf of HSS Hire. If you can’t afford to purchase a new energy efficient heater, why not consider hiring one from a tool hire company like HSS Hire.

Guest Post: Keeping Your Children Safe Around Heaters

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Guest Post, Information | Posted on 13-11-2012

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As the cold weather draws in and the nights get longer, many families will be investing in new heaters for their home. This is an excellent way to ensure that your children remain happy and warm over the winter season, but comes with its own risks which must be understood and dealt with.

Educate about dangers

If you have installed a new kind of heating into your home, it is vital that you educate your children about the dangers it might pose. The best way of doing this is to educate positively. Make sure your children are fully aware of how the heater works, including how it can be switched on and off, and which elements might be dangerous. Often, parents will simply issue a blanket ban on approaching an electric heater. As anyone with small children will eventually realise, this actually acts as an invitation to some curious young people! Children naturally explore what they do not understand, particularly if it has been entirely forbidden. A much more sensible approach is to educate them fully on the heater and why it can be dangerous if not treated with appropriate respect.

Warn about other dangerous objects nearby

The education provided to children should not only include the obvious guidance that the new heater will be dangerous to touch when it is switched on. You should also explain the other dangers which can ensue from an activated heater such as the effect the heat can have on other objects placed nearby. Many children (particularly older ones), will easily understand that heat is dangerous for them. Touching the heater and burning themselves is unlikely to be the major issue. Instead, they may not properly understand that objects left on or around the heater can become very hot in a short amount of time, and may melt or catch fire. As a parent, you will need to explain that it is not only contact with the heater that can cause problems, but also the potential for secondary fires which may ensue if care is not taken at all times.

Consider safety when making your purchase

Of course, education is not always enough. Even the most conscientious child will make mistakes, and it is for this reason that you should always ensure that your heaters have the latest safety features. Many radiators now come packaged with the option of a radiator guard which makes it much more difficult for children to burn themselves or get close enough to the heater to cause any other issues. The designs of such guards are now also frequently decorative so you won’t be stuck with an ugly wire meshing surrounding your living room. If you have purchased a moveable electric heater rather than a fixed radiator, you should also check to see whether the model you have bought has all the necessary safety features integrated within it. The most important is the presence of a shut-off switch which activates when the heater is knocked over and immediately cuts the power to the heating element. This feature alone can prevent many accidents, particularly those caused by clumsy or overly enthusiastic young children.

As long as you educate your children, and ensure that you have invested in appropriate safety features, you should be well positioned to have a safe warm house with a safe heater.

BIO: This is a guest post on behalf of Economy Radiators who offer a range of heating products including storage heaters, central heating radiators, electric heaters, storage heaters and more!