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Our 7 Top Tips For A Warm Home This Christmas

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The cold, darker months are upon us. Winter is officially here and for homeowners, it’s this time of year when keeping homes warm can be a challenge. We’ve come up with our top tips for a warm home this winter, to help you make the most of the valuable heat in your home and ensure you have a cosy Christmas.

1. Fit Foils Behind Your Radiators

Radiator foils are one of the most simple and effective ways of maximising the heat generated by your radiators, saving you money on your energy bills and in turn reducing your carbon footprint. Radiator foils work simply by reflecting the heat coming out the back of your radiator back into the room, as opposed to letting it escape through the walls of your house. Additionally, look at the positioning of the furniture in your home; any furniture in front of your radiators will be blocking the heat.

Using regular tin foil is not recommended, not only can it be potentially dangerous – it does not do the job as well. Specialist radiator foil can be picked up in most hardware stores for under £10 and fitted at home without the need for a professional.

2. Double Glaze Your Windows

Double glazing your windows is one of the most effective ways of keeping your home warm, and despite the initial investment will save you money on your heating bills in the long run. It’s estimated A-rated windows can reduce your home heating bills by up to £325 annually. There is also the option to invest in triple glazing, this third layer improves the thermal and acoustic properties of the window, but comes at a further cost. You can read more about the two options, and which may be more suitable for you here.

Help keep your home warm by insulating your home with the help of double glazed windows.

3. Cover The Drafts

Drafts coming into your home also mean valuable heat leaving your home. Older doors are one of the most common offenders, to combat this; you can buy door stops that sit at the bottom of the door where the majority of the heat will be escaping. Alternatively, purchasing a new door will eliminate any drafts coming into your home via the door. To prevent the movement of cold air throughout the house, always keep your internal doors shut at night or whenever a room is not in use.

4. Upgrade Your Boiler

If your boiler is more than 10 years old – upgrading to a more efficient newer model will save you money. A-rated boilers use less energy to produce the same amount of heat. Additionally, a newer boiler is much less likely to experience an unexpected breakdown throughout the winter period.

Use Your Curtains Properly

It may seem obvious, but too many people are missing out on heat by keeping their curtains open or shut at the wrong times of the day. Open your curtains during the day to let the natural sunlight into your home, when it gets dark, shut your curtains, these act as another layer of insulation. Note that thicker curtains will obviously work as better insulators over thinner ones to help keep your home warm.

5. Install A Programmed Thermostat

Installing a programmed thermostat helps you manage your energy bill and ensures you can come home to a warm home without having to leave your heating on all day. Nowadays, there are several programmed thermostats on the market that can be linked to your smartphone – allowing you to monitor the heating in your home on the go.

6. Wrap Up Warm!

One of the most cost-effective ways to stay warm this winter is by wrapping up warm, so don’t be afraid to dig out your favourite Christmas jumper! Hot water bottles and electric blankets are also a great way to stay warm when in bed – allowing you to turn down your thermostat a few degrees.

7. Energy Efficient Windows and Doors For Your Home

There’s no better way to keep your home warm this winter than investing in A-rated windows and doors. At Three Counties, all our products are designed for superior home insulation – to reduce your heating bills and stop valuable heat from escaping your home. To find out more about our range of windows and doors give one of our friendly team a call on 01252 414800 or why not use our front door designer tool.

Colin Drumm
Colin Drumm
We used Three Counties to replace our front door and porch. Throughout the process, from design, quote, survey and installation the service and level of communication has been fantastic from all involved. The installation team were great, friendly and courteous, working cleanly and tidying up after themselves. We would have no hesitation using Three Counties again, or recommending their services.
Clare Rogers
Clare Rogers
Fantastic service from start to finish. Kept me upto date all the way through the process. Very prompt coming out to measure up and discussing what windows I would like. The install was done professionally by a fab team (James and Josh), cleaned and tidied as they went, friendly team. Would highly recommend
Donata Noad
Donata Noad
Very happy with Three Counties. That’s the second time we have ordered services from this company and both times it was flawless. Prices are very competitive, customer service very good and workmanship excellent. I trust this company 100% and will be definitely be using them in the future. Paul, gentleman who fitted the door, done an amazing job. There is nothing there that person like myself (with slight touch of OCD) would have an issue with. Highly recommended local company that you can trust.
Steve Colvin
Steve Colvin
We replaced all windows and doors with 3-Counties. Efficient and tidy, the workmanship is great. Very happy with experience of using them and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them
Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
We used Three Counties to replace 7 windows at our property in February 2022. From the initial quotation, through survey to installation I was extremely impressed with them. The installation was completed by Dan and Cam who I cannot praise highly enough. Their workmanship and attention to detail / finishing was exemplary. They were polite and worked hard / efficiently to complete the job in 1.5 days. They took great care to protect carpets and furnishings whilst working and spent time tidying up, leaving the property very clean. I would not hesitate in strongly recommending this company.
Ryan Wel
Ryan Wel
Professional installation by the team including brickwork and windows will definitely be using again for other windows at the property
Excellent service all round from Three Counties. I fully recommend this company, the fitters Ron and Liam were brilliant, thorough, polite, continually clearing everything away, very tidy, helpful, punctual and never wasted time. The windows and doors are great, one very happy customer.
John White
John White
The quote was the price (no hidden extras).The quality of the doors we purchased and the fitting of them was top notch It is nice to find a company that keeps you informed as regards fitting etc at all times We had a problem through no fault of 3 counties and they sorted it efficiently and effectively.We were kept up to date at all times. I have no hesitation in recommending them to anybody thinking of any form of double glazing. This revue would not be complete without a big thankyou to Kate and the fitters.
Tim Padday
Tim Padday
We are so pleased with our new bi-fold doors supplied and fitted by Three Counties. The job was done professionally and in the time frame provided. Dan and Cam took the upmost care on installation to ensure everything was perfect and they were a pleasure to deal with. Credit to the administration team also who kept us fully informed of the process and schedule. I would highly recommend Three Counties for their workmanship and already have to our friends, who have employed them to do their conservatory