February 1st marked the start of Cold Homes Week – five days of raising awareness about the risks older people face living in cold properties.

The campaign is spearheaded by Age UK, which estimates that one older person dies every seven minutes during the winter months. The charity believes this could be minimised if the government reformed its energy efficiency schemes. The sad fact is that many of these deaths could be prevented if they lived in a warm home – something Ravenheat is keen to promote.

Keeping your home cosy during a cold snap might be easier than you think. We’ve put together some top tips that could be just what you need to keep the chill out of your property.

1. Get your boiler serviced

We recommend getting your boiler serviced at least once a year. This will not only make sure it’s in full working order, but also help keep you safe. Always use a Gas Safe engineer – there are various ways you can check if they’re registered on the official website.

An engineer will also be able to check if your boiler is running efficiently, which could ultimately reduce your energy bills.

2. Show draughts the door

You might think you can put up with a draughty home for most of the year, but it could cause you problems when winter comes around. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be costly – the Energy Saving Trust estimates draught proofing your home will cost between £120 and £290 if you’re doing it yourself.

Concentrate on doors, windows and loft hatches, which are often the most common sources of draughts.

3. Help radiators reach their potential

Do you have items of furniture standing in the way of your radiators and other heat sources? Your heating will be most effective if you allow the warmth to circulate the room, so some strategic changes could make all the difference.

You also may want to think about putting some reflective material behind your radiator too – this is inexpensive and will maximise warmth in the home.

4. Hello, sunshine!

Making the most of the sun’s heat will save you money this winter. If it’s a particularly bright day, pull back the curtains and you’ll soon notice the difference to the temperature in your home. You could even find you can turn your thermostat down a degree or two!

Don’t forget you can get involved in Cold Homes Week on Twitter with the hashtag #coldhomesweek. And while you’re at it, make sure you follow us at @RavenheatUK.