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AIBU to think my house is too cold?

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myhouseistoocold Thu 24-Jan-19 11:20:49

My kitchen today is 11 degrees C, my hallway is 14 (no radiators in either). My dining room where I'm working from home is currently 16. My bedroom is usually 18 or 19 in the mornings (these last two weeks).

Is it normal for Victorian houses to be this cold? We bought this house 4 years ago and I just can't ever get warm here in winter.

Are these normal temps for a UK house in winter or should I be trying to move (or somehow impossibly save up for a zillion-pound extension with triple glazing and under floor heating)?!

Blondeshavemorefun Thu 24-Jan-19 22:36:08

Too cold for me

Keeping heating on low keeps house warmer and cheaper then having on for 2/3hrs am and pm

Bless radiators and get some heaters in

Going to get colder

And yes bills do go up but I pay same monthly all year round so winter is covered and I don’t think I can’t turn heating up as can’t afford it

Phineyj Thu 24-Jan-19 22:05:14

Sorry if this has already been said but can't you purchase a couple of electric fan heaters and just heat the room you are in? If you are diligent about shutting doors that would surely be a lot easier and cheaper in the short term. I couldn't tolerate the kind of temperatures you are describing if I was working at home as my hands would get too cold to type.

Downtheroadfirstonleft Thu 24-Jan-19 22:00:46

secondary glazing is your (V ugly) friend!

bellabasset Thu 24-Jan-19 21:40:24

My house is partly 1725 and partly 1905 but lower ceilings, part cob, part stone nearly 2' thick walls. But DG. The heating is set at 20° and has been on for about 5hrs today. The temp is 19 to 20°

My bill's are due around this time of the quarter, and I've just submitted the readings and the bill is for £267 and my account is £95 in credit. My annual usage is around 9500 for gas and 2600 for elec.The projected cost is around £900 annually and I pay it over the year.

myhouseistoocold Thu 24-Jan-19 21:15:03

Radiators are all on maximum.

Foslady I can't see that dial thing!

Myimaginarycathasfleas Thu 24-Jan-19 20:54:13

The thermostat measures the temperature in your hall and tells the boiler whether to run or not.

The 1 to 6 setting on your boiler determines how hard you make it work. 6 would be the winter setting. It will cost more to run at this setting but your boiler will be doing a better job.

Can you tell I’m not a qualified gas engineer? 😂

Foslady Thu 24-Jan-19 20:39:05

Do you have a variable setting central heating pump? It could be that the pump speed is too low (it’s just a dial on top usually like on your iron)

Adversecamber22 Thu 24-Jan-19 20:35:24

I grew up in a house built in 1840. The ceilings were double height and the windows were huge. As much as it looked beautiful and if it was modernised these days maybe it would be a bit better it was just far too hard to heat.

I live in a 1920’s house with original features and well insulated, it seemed like a good compromise.

longtompot Thu 24-Jan-19 20:18:30

We have several heat settings on our boiler, but also have twist dial settings on each rad. Have you had a look at what number the rads you have are actually on? We have a thermastat which we have around 20 but I turn it down when we go to bed as its difficult to sleep if too hot at night.

twiglet Thu 24-Jan-19 20:05:50

We have a victorian fishermans cottage in a protected area so double glazing isn't allowed!

We have thermal lined curtains, a hive heating system which comes on automatically when the temp drops below and just finished wall insulation on 4 rooms and upstairs hallway (no radiator)
It's a lot of work but basically knocked every wall back to the brick then stud wall with thick insulation foam sheets. It's not cheap at £50 a sheet let alone the work but we part funded some of it with warm energy grant (not sure if they do them anymore) and did it slowly over 4 years concentrating on bedrooms first!
Upgrading your radiators will also help!

Upright radiators are great when wall space is at a premium.

sonlypuppyfat Thu 24-Jan-19 19:57:52

I grew up in a house with just a gas fire in one room, I used to wake up with ice on the inside of my bedroom window

bibbitybobbityyhat Thu 24-Jan-19 19:56:32

I live in a Victorian terrace. We have a modern double radiator in the hall and we have the temperature on this turned up high in the winter. I swear this more or less heats the rest of the house! The warm air rises up 2 flights of stairs and into the bedrooms. It also feeds into the sitting room and study. The kitchen in the back extension is colder, but that's ok. We stick a fan heater on for an hour or two in a particularly cold spell.

justasking111 Thu 24-Jan-19 19:56:27

Well could be crap in the pipes, or pump struggling, either way I would call in a plumber. He would make it more efficient which would save you money. The only other thing is the boiler is too small for the work it has to do.

myhouseistoocold Thu 24-Jan-19 19:53:06

yeah kids bedrooms on second floor

myhouseistoocold Thu 24-Jan-19 19:52:41

ps I love all the suggestions on this thread, there's lots I can do or look into.

justasking111 Thu 24-Jan-19 19:52:04

Are kids bedrooms on second floor?

myhouseistoocold Thu 24-Jan-19 19:51:30

I'm going to sound super thick now, but what does the thermostat actually do? We have ours in our freezing cold hallway, not sure if that is impacting anything? But then we have the 1-6 thingie on the boiler so feel like the thermostat is redundant probably... literally no idea.

myhouseistoocold Thu 24-Jan-19 19:48:57

Radiator isn't turned down to 1 - it's the boiler that is on 1 (there's 1-6 in the settings there). It deffo gets warmer (in the rooms with radiators) if you turn the boiler settings up.

The boiler setting of 1 has been okish in my bedroom when it wasn't so cold, and my energy bills were already £115 a month, now going up to £127 a month (because recently we've been bold enough to turn it up to 2 or god forbid, 3).

Dining room, living room and my bedroom are ok, cooler than I'd like (but guess that's the 1 boiler setting and I could improve that if I could afford the increase in heating bills). Top floor kids bedrooms are the ones with the not-getting-hot radiators - they were newly fitted in the last couple of years so god knows what is wrong with them, think husband has tried bleeding them. Will have to get a plumber out to have a look.

Kitchen and halls obviously horrific with no radiators.

I think the aim of my post was to find out whether putting up with colder temps was the norm in Victorian houses - I could deffo turn my boiler setting up beyond 1 (it's on 2 now for the evening) but not sure I could afford to on a regular basis!

MiniMum97 Thu 24-Jan-19 18:41:17

You need to make sure you have radiators in all rooms and that their output is the right size fit the size rooms you have (plus whether you insulated walls and double or single glazing will also come into it). There are BTU calculators you can use online or a heating engineer should be able to check for you.

Our house (Edwardian - mainly single glazed)is also freezing downstairs but we replaced two radiators in the front rooms (which were the coldest) on the advice of our heating engineer and they are now the warmest rooms in the house. We intend to replace the others downstairs if we stay here when we decorate as they are also too small.

Make sure you are also finding and sealing any holes and/or installing draught excluder etc.

smellsofelderberries Thu 24-Jan-19 18:17:29

That should say, new build flat. Heritage building converted 10 years ago.

smellsofelderberries Thu 24-Jan-19 18:16:50

Oh gosh, these replies are scaring me! We live in a beautiful new build but DH wants to buy a house. It almost never drops below 20 in our place and that's without the heating on! It's fantastic!!

BlackeyedGruesome Thu 24-Jan-19 18:11:50

ffs, fat fingers.. draught

BlackeyedGruesome Thu 24-Jan-19 18:11:32

my neighbour needs to insulate her loft hatch. there was a dark square of defrosted snow above where it is located. I have started insulating mine. (some of that silver stuff that goes behind radiators, had some that has ripped a bit and stapled to inside of hatch I need to do more to fix it as there is still a dragught blowing through, less than before but still.. )

Threehoursfromhome Thu 24-Jan-19 18:03:07

The OP has the radiator set at 1 because she had a message about her bills going up.

I agree that turning up the heating is the most obvious term solution, but it isn't always an option.

Deadbudgie Thu 24-Jan-19 17:32:29

Buzzzzzzz are you living in my house? It sounds exactly like ours.

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