We all know that times are hard, and one of our biggest expenses is likely to be keeping warm this winter. Here are our top 5 tips for making your home as energy efficient as possible.
Energy Efficient Windows
Many people believe that if they have double glazing then they have the most energy efficient windows around. Whilst this may be the case, there are many types of double glazing and the differences in real energy efficiency can be staggering.
Older double glazing tends to be less efficient, as nowadays all windows are tested and certified for efficiency, which wasn’t the case in the early days of double glazing. A-rated windows are the most efficient – however only when correctly installed. If you have older double glazing then it is possible that a significantly more efficient option is now available.
Back in the early days of double glazing, aluminium frames were popular – however these frames themselves were inefficient as aluminium is a good conductor of heat. The lessons here have been learned and it has now become common practice for frames to have an insulated core.
Many suppliers and installers of double glazing would be happy to give you a ‘check up’ to discuss your glazing options and ensure that you have the most efficient setup.
Just as your windows are designed for efficiency, doors have also been revolutionized over recent years. Not only are glazed doors now more efficient thanks to the developments in double glazing, meaning that glazed doors are more efficient – but wooden or composite doors have also been designed with energy efficiency as a priority.
All that has been learned about window casements and using thermal breakers and insulated cores has been applied to the door industry. Many door manufacturers also produce doors to police preferred security specifications.
As with windows, the most efficient doors also need to be installed correctly – to ensure that there is minimal room for draughts
There was a time not too long ago when dens were no-go areas once the days started getting shorter. These days however, with efficient glass, heat reflecting roofs and energy efficient double or triple glazing, conservatories can be all year round resources. If you are finding your conservatory to be uncomfortable – perhaps it is time to get energy efficient.
Drafts can quickly make any home uncomfortable. Even with the most efficient windows and doors, you will still be cold if they are not installed correctly or if they have become loose and drafty with use.
Drafts are easily defeated with the aid of foam tape around doors and windows, or brush strips for a more permanent fix. Drafts should be prevented from all exterior doors and windows, as well as doors which lead to often unused or unheated rooms or hallways. Loft hatches should also be draught proofed to ensure that warm air remains in the habitable section of your home and doesn’t all escape through the roof.
Insulation is key to keeping your house warm in winter and cool in summer. Some forms of insulation will have been added during the construction of your home, but extra insulation such as in the loft, or under the floor will help you keep warm this winter.
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