As we reach the end of September, the nights are drawing in and there’s a distinct lack of that summer warmth!
Autumn is most definitely upon us, and as we head towards the latter end of the year, it might be prudent to think ahead in terms of the inevitable frost and snow over the coming months, and how the drop in temperatures will force you back indoors, reaching for the thermostat.
Work your way from top to bottom…
One of the most obvious places where heat can escape is into the roof cavity. From here it will simply dissipate and can leave you with a hefty fuel bill. Walk down an average street, in an average town, when there has been heavy snowfall, and take a look at the rooftops… generally speaking, the roofs without snow will be those with poor loft insulation. This is because the heat has escaped into the roof cavity, heated the tiles, and melted the snow.
Insulating your home doesn’t have to cost the Earth. In fact, in some cases you can have loft insualtion fitted completely free of charge. An initial survey is done, and if your current insulation is below recommended levels or non-existent, then you can apply to have your loft insulated completely free of charge, should you fall within certain criteria regarding Tax Credits, have an income below a certain figure or are receiving benefits or on a pensions. In some cases, some energy suppliers are even providing a number of insulation services free of charge, regardless of your personal circumstances. Definitely worth checking out!
Walls have ears, more so if they’re hollow…
New homes have varying levels of wall insulation, but generally follow the rule of an outer wall, a cavity and an inner wall. The cavity will have any number of different insualing materials placed within it. If your home was built between 1930 and 2000 then it will almost certainly have cavity walls, but won’t necessarily have cavity insulation. Best to get it checked, and if it’s not insulated, there are schemes where you can have insulation inserted free of charge. Houses built after the year 2000 will generally have cavity insulation already, but again, it’s worth checking if you’re unsure.
The final place where heat will escape, is through doors and windows, and gaps where they open to the elements. There is no hard and fast rule as to when you should replace your doors and windows, but with modern advances in heat-loss control, it’s well worth looking at what’s available in the market place. Double and triple glazing are well worth the investment when it comes to keeping the heat in – see our double glazing blog here. Composite doors are also a boon when it comes to removing draughts from your home, couple these with a double glazed porch and a glazed extension to the rear of your property, and you can really keep the heat in your home, especially in areas that are more prone to coming into contact with the elements.
If you need more advice about anything in this blog article give us a call or send us an email – we’d be happy to point you in the right direction.