We usually ask ourselves this nagging question when the weather takes a turn for worse, it starts to drizzle all day long, days get shorter, which means that autumn is on its way. The tougher among us wait with similar conclusions until first frost bites.
If despite having the heating on the house still feels cold, you should probably investigate what’s causing this. You could of course just toughen up and just learn to live with it, following an old wisdom once shared by a boiler room labourer ‘Ma’am, it’s winter, it ought to be cold!’. However, if your attitude towards the topic differs to this man’s, then we recommend you look at the tips below.
What causes the heat to escape:
- Houses should be warm. If a house is not adequately insulated, putting your heating on won’t help you too much. Warm air will quickly find a way out through walls, floor, roof and windows. The speed at which it escapes will of course depend on the thickness and type of materials the house is made of.
- The rate at which the warm air escapes also depends – attention – on the difference of pressure between the inside of your house and the external area.
Here is an example:
You heat up your house to feel warm. It’s common knowledge that heated air wants to increase its volume. However, as it struggles to increase its volume (because the space inside the building doesn’t change), the pressure goes up. The outside air is cooler (because it’s winter). As it’s cooler, it’s also thinner and thus the pressure is lower than of the air inside. The warm or hot air want to escape, and it will use every, even the smallest gap in the insulation of the house to do so.