Do you feel like you are paying huge sums of money every month, just to keep your house running? Maybe you’re just not happy with your home’s energy rating, and you want to make a positive change. Either way, if you’re willing to put in the work, it’s possible for you to turn things around, starting today.
Add some Wall Insulation
Uninsulated homes tend to lose a third of their heat through the walls. If you have a detached house then it will lose heat through the walls, on every side. The reason for this is because every side is exposed to the outside air. If you have a mid-terraced house then you will have fewer external walls, and therefore less heat loss.
Regardless of what type of property you have, you need to check to see how your walls are built, purely because the methods of insulating your home can vary. The age of your home can give you a good idea of what wall construction you have. A lot of older homes tend to have solid walls, made out of solid stone or brick. Homes built after 1920 tend to have cavity walls, and homes built after 1990 should have insulated cavity walls.
Add some Floor Insulation
Did you know that 15% of heat is lost through the ground floor of your home? For this reason, getting your floor insulated is always a good idea. You probably don’t need to get this done for the upper floor of your home, but if you have a room above an unheated space, such as a garage then you’ll certainly want to explore it as an option. Like walls, you need to know what type of floor you are working with so you can then choose the right type of insulation. Suspended floors, which are usually floorboards, tend to rest on joists. They can be insulated using rigid boards or spray foam.
Add some Loft or Roof Insulation
Insulating a loft or roof is one of the best ways or you to improve your home’s energy rating. If you have a large or detached house then you will probably lose a lot of heat through the roof, but the truth is, most homes can benefit from 270mm of insulation anyway. Most roofs can be insulated, even pitched roofs, so make sure that you keep this in mind. If you get your roof or loft insulated then this will make it easier to maintain the temperature of your home.
If you have an air conditioning unit, or a heating system then getting this serviced will also help to ensure your appliances aren’t working overtime to maintain your home’s temperature. Hire a HVAC contractor today to enquire about this.
Upgrade Doors and Windows
If you have single-glazed windows then why not replace them with ones that are much more energy-efficient? This will make your home warmer and quieter as well. At the end of the day, not every home is suited to a window replacement, and if yours isn’t then you can still take advantage of other options.