Spring is well and truly here! After the glorious weather we had at the weekend, it seems like it’s finally safe to get our summer wardrobes out. Although our heating’s off and our windows are open, it’s no time to forget about energy efficiency.
Now that the weather is good, it’s a great time to think about energy-saving measures like insulation and new double glazing. Not only might installation costs be cheaper, but you won’t feel the elements as the work’s going on either.
Get new windows
If you’ve not had new windows in 15 years or more, it’s more than likely that you’re losing heat through them. After 10 years, the seals around the windows begin to perish and will let draughts in. If you notice condensation in between the panes of glass, that’s a sign the seal has definitely broken.
New double or triple glazing will decrease your energy bills by £160 a year and are more energy efficient than ever before. They’ll stop the build up of condensation in your home and increase your property’s value as homebuyers like to see up-to-date windows.
You could be losing hundreds of pounds’ worth of energy through your roof and walls. Now is the time to get loft insulation up to the recommended standard of 270mm, as it will last at least 40 years so you don’t need to worry about it once it’s done.
Another thing to consider is wall insulation. If your home was built after 1930, you probably have cavity walls, which means there are two layers of bricks with a cavity in the middle. You can get cavity wall insulation which will greatly improve the energy efficiency of your home, and will also alleviate problems such as damp.
If you’ve got solid walls, you’ll need to insulate the inside or outside walls of your property. The downside to inside insulation is that you will lose a few millimetres of space in your rooms, but it is cheaper than external wall insulation. You can keep the cost down by having external wall insulation installed at the same time as other projects.
Get a new roof
If your roof is looking tired and is beyond repair, it might be time to replace it. Even if your loft is insulated, if your roof has lots of loose tiles you could be losing a lot of hot air through it. You could also end up with water leaks, which will cause damp and mould. Not only could this affect the structure of your home, but damp and mould can cause respiratory problems in asthma and allergy sufferers.
Don’t wait until the bad weather comes around – focus on energy efficiency this spring and summer so you’re well prepared for the inevitable bad weather by winter.
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