How To Quickly Warm Up A Room

It’s the middle of winter and you’re on your way home. It’s going to be freezing in your house and you don’t have any smartphone apps to heat it up before you arrive.  If you can’t wait while the house heats up, here are some steps you can take to quickly make a cold room warm up in the freezing weather.

How to quickly warm up a room

The quickest ways to warm up a cold room are to close the curtains as soon as dusk sets in, turn on central heating and put the temperature to maximum on the thermostat, turn off radiators in unused rooms and make sure to close air vents on windows. Also remember to keep furniture away from heaters and radiators to let heat circulate freely.

how to quickly warm up a room

Ways to quickly warm a cold house

Close the curtains

To keep warmth inside the room, one of the quickest ways is to close the curtains quickly after light fades outside. Make sure curtains don’t drape over any radiators, put them on the window sill or behind the radiator.

Turn on the central heating

It can take up to an hour for a room to heat up just right so you need to turn it on early. Put it on as soon as you enter the house.

Turn the boiler thermostat to maximum

Increase the target temperature on the room thermostat to higher than you actually want in the room.  This will make the boiler work harder faster and heat the house up quicker. You can turn it down later, although this will cost you more in gas bills.

Turn off radiators in rooms that are not used

Go round the house and turn off the radiators in any rooms you are not using.  With a central heating system, the upstairs radiators tend to get warmer quicker as heat rises. 

So if you aren’t using these rooms, turn off the radiators which will allow more heat to be pushed into the rooms you are using.  Make sure to keep the doors of the unused rooms closed too.

Close air vents on windows

close trickle air vents

If you have double glazed uPVC windows, you will have trickle air vents in them, You can slide them shut in the winter to stop draughts coming through.

Stop draughts from under doors

roll up towels under doors to stop draughts

Use rolled up towels or blankets to stop draughts coming through the bottom of doors as you can get a lot of cold air coming through them, especially in winter.

Turn on the fire

If your room has a fire, turn this on so you get immediate warmth.  You won’t need to keep this on for too long, only until the house warms up. 

Keep furniture away from radiators and heaters

Make sure furniture is not blocking any radiators.  This will stop the heated air circulating in the room and is a sure way to keep a house cold.  Also, remove any clothes that you have on the radiators.

Cover wooden or tiled floors with a rug

rug over wooden floor

If you have wooden floors, they can be cold to the touch in winter, so put down a rug over them to feel warmer and stop heat loss through the floor.

Wear a woolly jumper

Or a cardigan soon after arriving home so you don’t lose body heat too quickly and start shivering.  Wearing warm clothing means you can move around the house more freely

Hot water bottle

Fill a water bottle with hot water and use this to provide close immediate heat.  One of the quickest and cheapest ways to warm you up quickly.

Run a hot shower

And if possible leave the door open so the hot steam not only gets the bathroom warm, but travels through to other parts of the house.

Have a hot drink

Put the kettle on and make yourself a hot drink.  Put more water in than you need for the drink so the steam in the kettle (with the lid open) after its heated helps to warm up your kitchen.

Invest in a powerful new boiler

An efficient boiler will heat up the whole house much quicker than an old boiler over 15 years old that isn’t as powerful.  Make sure to get a boiler that is sized correctly for the size of your house and the demand that will be put on it from household members.

Talk to qualified experts on what type of boiler is right for your home.  Warmzilla has years of experience in finding the best boiler for you with many great options.  Click here to find out more.

Summary

Warm a room up quickly in cold weather using these methods:

  1. Close the curtains
  2. Turn on central heating
  3. Put boiler thermostat to maximum temperature
  4. Turn off radiators in unused rooms
  5. Close air vents on windows
  6. Stop draughts from under doors
  7. Turn on the fire
  8. Keep furniture away from heaters and radiators
  9. cover floor gaps with a rug
  10. Wear a wooly jumper
  11. Use a hot water bottle
  12. Run a hot shower
  13. Have a hot drink
  14. Invest in a powerful new boiler

Find out more about keeping warm and well this winter, at the Government website here.

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