• Fit an automatic heating system such as Hive Active Heating System that can be controlled from your phone or timer whether you are at home or work or away.
  • Click Here for more information on the Hive Active and Smart Home heating systems from Wickes .
    Hive Active Heating Systems and components are also available from Amazon as shown below:-
  • Make your home warmer and cut heating bills by checking the house insulation.
  • Make sure your loft insulation is thick enough at 200mm which is just under 8 inches and in good condition .
  • Check external windows and doors for drafts. Hanging lined curtains across windows can save heat and make the rooms more comfortable.
  • Check if other windows are a source of a lot of drafts and cold. If so hang lined curtains across them.
  • If the windows face a radiator, a lined curtains across them can keep the heat inside at night and stop it radiating outside.
  • Double curtaining can used for extra insulation from the cold weather outside especially for draughty windows. Here one cutain layer runs on the inside of the window frame and can be pulled back in summer. End caps can be used to hold a curtain rod permanately in place or a tension rod.
  • There are many other ideas for double curtains. With a ligher curtain on the inside they can be are pulled back in turns staging the amount of light entering the room. Wtih darker or similar curtains on the inside, when both are pulled across they are extremely effective as a black out window combinnation.
    Double curtain

  • Insulation can also be provided between up and downstairs rooms in a house. This is especially important if the upstairs room is aired during the day.
  • For example, by placing a rug strategically in an upstairs room, even over a carpet can help insulate the room below and keep the heat in. The rug in the upstairs room can be placed in the area above the downstairs window and/or radiator and below an upstairs window.
  • For a selection of rugs please click here.
  • The front door is often a source of drafts and cold. Here fix a lined curtain across the surounding wall and door. An example is shown in the pictures below.


    Curtain open across door
    Curtain open across door.


    Curtain closed across door
    Curtain closed across door.

  • Alternatively if there is room a Swing arm curtain rail can be fitted with a curtain attached to swing open when the door is opened and closed behind it when shut.

    For details please click here
  • A bay window is lovely in summer to let the sun, light and air into a room but can be cold and draughty in winter. Blinds can protect some of the winter cold entering the room from the window and give some privacy. However additional insulation can be gained by fitting cutains across the bay as shown in the picture below. In winter when the curtains are closed, they will give an additional layer of insulation between the window and the room.
    Curtain across bay window
    Curtain going across bay window having blinds
    To see a selection of Venetian Blinds please click here.
    To see a selection of Universal Window Blinds from Wickes please click here
    To see a selection of Curtains please click here.
    To see a selection of Curtain Poles and accessories from Wickes please click here.
    To see a selection from other companies please click here


    Check dust is not blocking the action of radiating or conducting heat away from the radiator, as shown in the photograph below. Check between panels and where they are mounted on a wall. Hover up any dust to clear the air ways.
    Radiator dust
    Click here to choose, install and buy Radiators from Wickes.
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    Check radiators heat up evenly over their surface from bottom to top. Check for cold spots especially at the top of the radiator where there may be air pockets. To eliminate any air pocket click here for video on how to bleed a radiator.

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