Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Do You Know How Your House Loses Heat?

‘Tis the season to be chilly…well, jolly, but it’s getting cold out there now, isn’t it? The winds are picking up, the rains are sweeping in and the temperatures are plummeting at a rapid rate. This is going to be the way the world is for a few months and before Spring comes rolling around, so you’ve got to get used to it and get adapted quickly. The thing is, if you are finding the inside of your home just as chilly as the outside, there’s no point in rushing back after work. You need to be able to stay warm, comfortable and cosy, so it makes sense to learn where in your house you’re losing the precious warmth you crave so much.
When you want to get ready for the cold, you hang curtains and lay rugs while hanging a fluffy fleece throw over the back of the sofa. You add some thick jumpers to the wardrobe and your faithful scarf sits with your coat on the coat hook. Here’s the problem: it doesn’t matter how many layers you wear outside if the inside is going to be pumping heat out of the house. Not only is this going to cost you money, but you’re going to end up with no way of staying warm! So, how does your house lose its heat?
  • About 25% of your house’s heat will be lost through the roof. Companies like PH Roofing can come in and check for missing slate and help you tighten up your roof to keep the heat in, but there are some things that you can also do. Loft insulation in the roof space can make your home far more energy efficient. You can use sheep wool, mineral wool and even newspaper to make your loft space insulated, but check out these ways to insulate the loft.
  • About 35% of the heat leaves through the walls, and considering it’s the walls job to keep you safe and warm, you’d think this was a given! Insulating cavity walls is absolutely worth doing, so check out this guide on how to make your walls insulated. Try not to have exposed brick in the house as part of your interior design, because this can let in more of a chill.
  • Windows, being solid glass, are the prime place for heat to escape and the chill to come in. Double glazing is an obvious choice for keeping your home as warm as possible, but if you can’t afford to swap over then you should draught-proof your windows as much as possible. Blinds, curtains and draught strips are the way to go.
  • No one wants to step onto a freezing cold floor in the morning, especially if the floor is hardwood, lino or stone. In the main living spaces, laying down rugs is a good idea, and if you have the budget you could always install underfloor heating.

Your home needs to be a castle against the elements, and you should do what you can to keep the heat in and your energy bills low!

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