Did you know that 40% of heat is lost through doors and windows, while another 35% is lost through the roof?
It is important to ensure that your property is sufficiently insulated if you want to live in an energy efficient property.
There are lots of ways to fight off heat loss in your house. Keep reading for some energy efficient ideas to help you not lose the heat this winter.
The Thermal Envelope and Heat Loss
There are three key locations that influence how you lose the heat in your home.
- Walls (this includes windows and doors)
Put together these three form what is known as the thermal envelope.
If you are looking to make your house more energy efficient than you need to consider addressing these three areas.
Preventing Heat Loss Through the Roof
Heat loss through the roof is a common issue that many homeowners will face. The best thing you can do in your quest to improve your homes energy efficiency is to look at your roof/loft insulation.
There are many different options for you to choose from when it comes to roof insulation. The common ones being:
- Mineral wool
- Sheep wool
The wool based insulation is a popular choice not only for its effectiveness but because it is low cost and can be installed by anybody with relative ease.
Fight Heat Loss Through Windows and Walls
If you live in a home built after 1930, then you probably have cavity walls. A low-cost way to improve your homes heat retention levels is to have cavity insulation injected into space between the two wall layers.
Unlike roof insulation though you will need to hire a professional to do this work for you. As walls are where you lose the heat worst, it is important to make sure they are as well insulated as possible.
For windows, the urgency is less, as walls consume a considerably larger surface area, but are still an area that needs attention.
While double glazing is the traditional method, it is costly and not cost-effective. Instead look into secondary glazing, which is a lower cost but equally effective.
Stop Floor Based Heat Loss Fast
When it comes to flooring, it is the least important area to focus on when looking to boost your home’s energy efficiency. Although standing on a cold stone or tiled floor is never fun.
Two simple ways to remedy heat loss are to hire a company to insulate your floors, or better yet – and provided it fits your budget – have underfloor heating installed.
Can You Afford to Lose the Heat this Winter?
Living in an energy efficient home is important for two things. One is the environment. Saving energy is a good thing. The second is that it will save you money.
Sure there is the cost of the initial run of insulation, but this is a manageable expense that does not have to run too high. Yet the benefits you get back from it will accrue year after year.
Are you ready to upgrade your home and turn it into an efficient, energy-saving paradise? Get in touch with us today to see what we can do to help not lose the heat this winter.