Now that the summer is over and autumn is here. The weather becomes colder and dark nights draw in. You may notice that your home is not staying warm when the heating is on. This could be due to heat escaping your property. As a result of this, it can cost you more money on your energy bills. We have put a list of things together that may help to insulate your home. This will help to prevent further heat loss and keep you warm during winter.
Here are some ways to Insulate Your Home
1. Installing Loft Insulation
Old and worn loft insulation can contribute to heat loss from your home. Up to 25% of the heat will escape through the roof. Adding new loft insulation installed by a professional could help you save money on your energy bills and reduce the heat loss in your home. Using 270mm new thick loft insulation laid down on the floor can help reduce heat loss.
2. Get Cavity Wall Insulation
Walls that are not insulated will allow heat to escape from your home. Cavity wall insulation works by sealing the space between the outer wall and the inner wall of your home. Cavity wall insulation can help reduce heat loss and cut the costs on your energy bills. It is always best to find a trusted trader for cavity wall insulation.
3. Upgrade Your Windows
Old windows can contribute to heat escaping from your home. Single glazed wooden windows are one of the worst for it. As one pane of glass falls to hold heat inside of the home. However, a faulty double glazing unit can also suffer from heat loss. Upgrade your old windows for new uPVC double glazing or triple glazing windows. By having new windows installed onto your property comes with a few benefits. Heat loss reduction, save money on energy bills and increases your property value. In a way, new windows pay for themselves over time.
4. Upgrade Your Front Door
Old wooden doors can increase heat loss from your home. Over time wooden doors become twisted and warped from the harshness of the weather. Replacing your old wooden door for a newer composite door will help to reduce heat loss. Composite doors have the look of the wooden door but the energy savings benefits of a uPVC door. You could choose to upgrade your wooden front door for a uPVC door. However, uPVC doors have a very low range of designs and colours to choose from compared to composite doors. Composite doors are not only energy efficient but strong and durable. They also can be made to any RAL colour perfect for matching up to your home. Furthermore, composite doors are energy efficient, they will help to keep your home warm during the winter months.
5. Underfloor Insulation
Did you know that you can lose heat from your flooring?. You can lose up to 15% percent of heat loss from your flooring. Installing wool insulation can help to reduce heat loss in your home. The woolen insulation is installed between the joists or laid down underneath the wooden flooring or the house floorboards. Overtime the underfloor insulation will help to save you money on your energy bills and cut costs.
6. Conservatory Solid Roof Conversion
Conservatories with standard glass roofs can become really cold in the winter. A lot of homeowners do not use their conservatories during colder months because they become too cold. A good way to improve your conservatory is by having a solid roof conversion done. A solid roof conversion will help prevent heat from escaping from the roof of the conservatory. Helping you to save money on your energy bills. The great thing about having a solid roof conversion on your conservatory is that you can use it all year round. In the summer months, it stays cool and in the winter months, it stays nice and cozy warm.
7. Water Tank Insulation
Have you noticed that your hot water is not staying warm?. Then now is the time to have new water tank insulation installed. Watertanks hold the hot water that our boilers produce. If the water tank is unprotected eventually the water in the tank will cool down quickly leaving you with lukewarm water. Insulating the water tank is done by installing a jacket over the water tank. This helps prevent up to 75% of heat from escaping from the water tank. This will help to save you money on your gas bills as you will no longer be wasting money heating water that doesn’t stay warm.
Draughtproofing Your Home
There is a wide range of things in our home that can cause draughts. Things such as under doors, door locks, window gaps, loft hatches, pipework and much more. We have put together a little guide to help prevent draughts in your home. This will keep your home warmer in the winter and help to reduce the costs of your gas bills.
Ways that you can Draughtproof your Home
1. Front Door & Back Door
You can draught-proof your front and back door by installing keyhole covers. This will prevent heat from escaping from the keyhole. The letterbox flap on the inside of the door or a brush excluder can help prevent heat loss. Install brush strips to the bottom of your door, these too can also help prevent heat escaping from your front and back doors.
2. Window Draught-proofing
Windows can be improved by using curtains. Curtains will help to keep the heat in your home during cold nights and mornings. Another way is to install strips along the silicone line. If you find heat is still escaping from your current windows. It might be a good time to upgrade or replace your windows. Upgrading to double glazing or triple glazing can reduce heat loss and improve your home’s energy efficiency.
3. Floorboard Draught Proofing
You can lose up to 15% of the heat from the flooring. Gaps in the flooring and skirting boards can allow heat to escape. To help prevent this from happening you can use fillers such as a flexible filler. These can seal the gaps and help prevent heat escaping. Another product you can use is decorators caulk. Works by filling the gaps and reducing heat loss.
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