Keeping Warm When your Boiler Breaks Down

Heating your home adequately can be difficult when your boiler breaks down and it can be particularly tough in cold weather. The Energy Saving Trust (EST) has some tips on what to do while you are waiting for your boiler to be repaired or replaced.

Cheap Practical Points

  • It may sound obvious but wear more clothes: Adding an extra layer or two will help keep you warm and healthy.
  • Draught-proof rooms: Tape windows shut and use a blanket or towel to block out draughts under doors.
  • Draw the curtains: To add an extra layer of insulation across your windows.
  • Use hot water bottles: To warm up your bed or cuddle up with one on the sofa in front of the TV.
    • Only heat necessary rooms: Think about the rooms you use and at what time of day and concentrate your efforts on heating those.

Expensive To Run, Secondary Heating

  • Electric fan heaters: Very, very, very  expensive to run, Will warm up the air quickly but the room will start to cool as soon as the heater is switched off.
  • Halogen heaters: Very expensive to run, Good for one person in a room as long as the person is positioned in front of the heater.
  • Convection heaters:Very, very expensive to run Will heat the whole room but more slowly. Convection heaters have an adjustable thermostat and will keep the room at an even temperature.
  • Oil-filled radiators: Very expensive to run, Take a while to warm up but will heat the whole room and keep it warm for longer once the heater is turned off. Oil-filled heaters are good for rooms in use for long periods.
  • Electric fires: Very expensive to run, Provide more powerful, directional heat (like a halogen) but take longer to heat up.
  • Gas fires: Generally cheaper to run than electric heaters and will heat the whole room.
  • Log/coal stoves: Also relatively less expensive to run (although log prices do vary) and will provide adequate heating for one room.

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