How to keep your home warm and ventilated at the same time this Christmas
Following the announcement of new Covid tier restrictions for the festive period, those living in areas where they are still able to bubble with other households will still need to follow Government advice to open windows every 10 minutes to curb the spread of the virus.
Research shows that letting fresh air into indoor spaces can reduce the risk of infection from Covid by over 70 per cent.
After years of advising customers on keeping warm air in their homes to reduce bills, Marc Robson a Smart Energy Expert from British Gas said: "Whether we see a white Christmas this year, we know it could still be chilly with temperatures as low as -1C currently forecast in some areas.
“However, it's important to follow the government guidance on opening windows and with some sound energy saving tips, people can ensure that they are heating their well ventilated homes in the most efficient way possible this festive season.
1. Re-setting the controls – or the radiator valves – so you only heat the rooms you’re using. Consider opening windows away from radiators to reduce the amount of heat lost from the room.
2. Move your sofa. Furniture pressed up against a radiator stops heat reaching the room. Move things an inch or two away and better air circulation will have your room getting warm and cosy much faster.
3. Fit foil panels. It’s surprisingly easy to add reflector panels behind your radiators to bounce more of the infra-red heat rays back into your room – so less warmth gets lost through the wall.
4. Draw the curtains. After closing the windows drawing the curtains or closing the blinds will help to keep the warmth in. Especially if you have draughty, old-fashioned (closed) windows.
5. A smart meter could help you save energy around the home more generally. With a smart meter you’ll see how much gas or electricity you’re using, without having to wait for a bill. And by watching your energy consumption as you try our hints and tips, you’ll be able to see which ones work best for you.”