Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Why Does Your Home Take So Long To Heat Up?





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Now that winter is fast approaching, many of us are using our central heating more regularly. It’s usually about this time of the year when many of us discover issues with our heating. Super-slow heating could be one of those issues – if you’re having to wait hours for the temperature to rise, there could be a problem that needs addressing. Here are just a few of the reasons why your home may be taking so long to heat up.

Your Home Isn’t Insulated
A lack of insulation or poor insulation will result in heat escaping your home more quickly. The attic is a common place where heat is lost in the home – in fact, you could be losing 25% of your home’s heat through an uninsulated attic. There are lots of ways to insulate your attic from spray-on insulation to DIY thermal wool.

Windows
Windows can be another place where heat is lost. Consider upgrading to fiberglass windows or opting for double glazing in order to prevent heat getting lost through the glass. Cheaper alternatives could include hanging up some thick winter curtains or using insulating window film.

Wall Insulation
You could also be losing heat through your home’s walls. Cavity wall insulation is a common way of insulating walls – it can be tricky to install but could have major effects when it comes to preventing heat loss. Make sure to also seal up any cracks including under doors.

Your Radiators Need Bleeding
It’s possible your radiators could be full of trapped air, preventing them from heating up properly. Bleeding your radiators could help to let out this trapped air and return your radiators back to their full function. A clear sign that radiators need bleeding is if they’re cold at the bottom and only warm at the top.

If this doesn’t help and your radiators still aren’t heating up properly, it could be time to upgrade your radiators to newer ones. Old radiators can start to rust up on the inside and get full of sediment which affects the heating quality and results in them getting hotter more slowly.


Your Boiler Needs Servicing
You may also be experiencing a problem with your boiler. It’s possible that your boiler may have too much sediment in it causing it to heat slowly. Alternatively, there could be a problem with the thermostat causing it to heat to the wrong temperature. It could even be due to a badly insulated boiler, resulting in lots of heat loss as you turn on the heating.

By hiring a professional to take a look at your boiler, you can find out what may be wrong with it and whether you need to get it fixed or replaced. Boilers should ideally be replaced every 15 years, but many people have boilers in their home that are older than 20 years.

Maybe one of these tips will help you. If you have a tip to share, please do so in the comments.  Thank you!

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