Warming up Your Room and Keeping it Warm.
You turn on your heater and feel nice & warm, but 5 minutes after turning it off you get cold again, why?
When warming up your room it's not just air in it that you need to heat up because air doesn't hold heat well. It's the furniture, carpets, curtains, and all the rest of the stuff in there that you need to get warm.
The objects in your room, furniture, carpets etc...act like a storage heater. Once you have heated them up they store heat and slowly release heat into the room as they cool down.
As long as you have decent insulation to stop heat escaping from the walls & windows and have dealt with the draughts, once your room is up to temperature, it should stay warm for some time without your having to add any more heat.
See our Energy Saving page for tips on how to insulate your room
It takes time to heat these things up because they're solid and denser than the air. The more cold stuff you have in your room, the more heat energy you have to supply at first to heat them all up and get the whole room to temperature.
The trick to warming up your room and keeping it warm is that when you first turn your heater on, don't switch it off when you feel warm.
Wait for the room itself to get warm, you can check this by touching the objects in the room, if they are still cold to touch, the room will cool down very quickly when you turn off the heater.
When everything is warm turn your heater's thermostat so it just clicks off so when the room eventually cools your heater turns itself on for just long enough to boost up the heat.
Doing this will let your room will stay warm for much longer and it will cost you less in energy as you won't be constantly pumping heat into a cold room.
For more help on staying warm this winter see Keeping Warm This Winter
For advice on saving energy see our Energy saving page
To see how to survive this winters power cuts and stay warm see our Surviving The Winter article.