As Autumn draws in, so does the cold as we find ourselves cranking up the heating. But before you reach for the thermostat, we want to share the more energy and cost efficient ways to keep your home toasty by simply reducing heat loss from your home. This not only improves the energy efficiency of your home but will also save you money on your heating. Read our 5 simple steps to stop heat loss in your home this Autumn/Winter.
1. Install Carpets instead of wooden floors or laminate.
10% of your home’s heat can escape through your floor so if you have wooden flooring, look into filling any gaps or even installing carpets to retain more warmth. Underfloor insulation or even an underfloor heating system is the best way to stop heat loss from your flooring, however these are subject to your flooring and can be quite costly.
2. Loft insulation
Around 25% of the heat produced by your boiler will actually escape through the roof of your home. Loft insulation is the best way to stop heat loss through your roof, which will also prolong the life of your boiler by maintaining a more constant environment. Payback for the initial outlay of new insulation can be less than 2 years in energy savings.
Instaloft have many years of experience in loft insulation, having installed insulation in thousands of lofts across the Midlands. Here are a few more details about the high quality loft insulation we use:
- Very cost effective
- Super-soft feel- no itchiness compared to traditional insulation.
- Made using Recycled materials
- Made with ECOSE Technology
- Made from rapidly renewable organic materials
- Formaldehyde Free binding process
- No added dyes
- Up to 70% embodied energy
At Instaloft we lay your loft insulation in a specific way. One layer between your joists, and another layer length ways across the joists. This means that your loft insulation will be up to building regulation standards. It will last indefinitely too so you won’t have to change it every few years. Find out more about our insulation here.
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3. Cavity Wall insulation
With up to 35% of heat escaping from the walls of houses, wall insulation is essential to ensure heat is retained inside. Buildings built post 1930 will most likely have cavity walls which are super easy to insulate if they aren’t already. Walls can simply be injected with insulating material which is very affordable and well worth doing with payback in energy savings within just 2 years.
4. Double / triple glazing
Double or even triple glazing is essential to prevent heat loss through windows and doors and if not already installed will increase the value of your home.
5. Draught proofing
Draught proofing may seem simple but can save £££. Thick curtains and drapes will make a big difference over windows and internal doors, as will long draught excluders. Open chimneys are another serious draught point, sending all of your expensive heating, straight out of the chimney. Products such as chimney balloons, chimney sheeps or even having the chimney blocked is one way to stop this. Loft hatches are another draught point; if your loft hatch isn’t energy efficient and sealed properly, the heat that rises in your home will easily escape through your loft hatch and out through the roof. A new loft hatch is simple to install by a professional such as Instaloft and costs as little as £99.