Heat well without breaking the bank: these five tips from an architect are a hit on Twitter - Evening edition Ouest-France - 09/26/2022

Heat well without breaking the bank: these five tips from an architect are a hit on Twitter – Evening edition Ouest-France – 09/26/2022

Catch air leaks, use cork as insulation, ventilate your house well…, the best tips to keep warm without spending a fortune. Here are five.

With the arrival of autumn, the drop in temperatures and the increase in energy prices, the question of how to stay warm without spending a fortune is on everyone’s mind. On the social network Twitter, a 25-year-old architect, known by the pseudonym Nel, launched on September 25, 2022 a series of tweets about top tips to heat more efficiently or better choose your heating system and, finally, reduce your gas and electricity bill at the end of the year.

“I am also committed to decent housing for all, explains this Norman, who wants to remain anonymous, and who, parallel to her activity as an architect, is very involved in associations that experiment with ecological architecture. I had made a first thread at the time of the heat wave, on cooling techniques and thermal protection in homes, She continues. Much had been shared, and the one I just wrote about protecting against the cold in winter is a logical continuation. »

An initiative that has had a great spread on social networks in less than 24 hours, with no less than 4,700 shares and more than 19,500 “likes” in these different publications. For evening edition, “Nel” recalls five tips and tricks for a better warm-up.

1. Check for air leaks

One of the first solutions to protect your house and yourself from the cold is to look for air leaks. Very present in old houses and buildings, they can take many forms but most are found at the level of carpentry, entrance door frames and windows.

To plug these leaks, “It may be necessary to install or replace the seal if it is missing or degraded. It’s a simple operation, which can be accomplished with inexpensive hardware purchased at a DIY store and a little effort.” details nel. “You can put a foam or rubber seal around the opening and an acrylic or putty seal between the frame and the wall. There are many tutorials online, detailing the procedure to follow. »

What about the front doors? “The foam notched door sills help break up drafts. »

Also read: Six very simple tips to reduce your energy consumption at home

2. Divide the volume to be heated

How to keep the heat even more efficiently without constantly touching the thermostat? Closing the doors to not ideally heat “at 19-20°C” Than the rooms where we spend our time. “Utility rooms, kitchen, bathroom, hallways, they don’t need to be heated as much. In bedrooms, a temperature of 16-17°C is usually enough for a good night’s sleep, installing a large duvet made of feathers, wool or synthetic thermal fabric. »

The thick thermal curtains placed in front of the windows also prevent heat from escaping into the glazing. However, be careful not to clog the radiators. Down, “Large rugs spread over tiles or parquet provide better thermal comfort and protect from the cold that rises from the floor”.

3. Ventilate your home well

It may seem contradictory, but ventilating your home well allows you to better heat your interior. How ? Indoor air is loaded with pollutants and moisture from our daily activities. “Polluted air is extremely bad for your health, and moist air is much more difficult to heat than dry air. the architect emphasizes. Therefore, leave your VMC running, do not block the air intakes and ventilate regularly, at least 10 minutes a day, if possible in the morning, opening two opposite windows and turning off the radiators. »

For the professional, this controlled ventilation and the absence of continuous air leaks allows “to avoid heat loss throughout the day and night, to live in a healthy environment, more pleasant and easier to heat”.

4. Insulate your walls with cork

Cheap and effective advice for small budgets: use cork rolls on the walls of your home that face the outside. Why cork? “It is a rot-proof, natural, healthy, light, solid, easy to handle, ecological and pleasing to the eye insulating material”, “Nel” explains again on his Twitter account. It is possible for the most fond of DIY to put the cork on the walls by cutting the desired dimensions and placing them with a suitable glue.

5. Don’t forget to equip yourself well

Who says winter says fleece on the back. Better heating and keeping a good feeling of warmth also requires proper equipment for long winter evenings. Say goodbye to summer pajamas at night and in the evenings with a simple t-shirt at home… Instead, opt for comfortable and warm clothing in several layers, such as fleeces or ski socks. “Thermal underwear in particular is great,” Norman insists in her Twitter thread.

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