In the winter months we are all doing everything we can to keep our homes warm. Maintaining as much heat as possible in the winter is one of the best ways to also ensure proper and effective property energy efficiency.
Not only will this save you money on your heating and energy bills, but it will also help you achieve a cleaner, greener and more environmentally friendly property far into the future. the practices you instil within your home can go a long way to help the environment as well as your energy consumption, for example in the case of an air source heat pump which can help you heat your home in a cleaner way that traditional boilers.
There is no single or most effective way in which to make your property more energy efficient but there are a number of well-established as well as more recent practices that will go a long way in making your property warmer, more energy efficient and thus, more comfortable for you and you family to live in during the colder months.
Interestingly, insulating and making a property more efficient in the winter, can help it maintain a cooler and more comfortable temperature in the summer too.
Home Improvements for Energy Efficiency
As you may expect, there are a range of home improvements which can be undertaken, to specifically improve the energy efficiency of a property. Although the specifics of what needs to be done may vary due to the precise nature of a property (for example in the case of a house rather than an apartment) the principles remain.
Also important to remember is that you don’t necessarily need to undertake all of these improvements to go a long way in improving property energy efficiency all year round.
One of the best ways in which to improve energy efficiency and the overall levels of temperature comfort in your home. Double glazing replaces older fashioned single-pane glass with stronger, longer lasting and insulating double paned glass. Furthermore, double glazed windows will also have better frames which will go further in helping keep out the cold air from outside.
With two panes of glass, rather than one and with a vacuum in between the two layers, double glazing maintains an efficient barrier between the interior and exterior environments.
Double glazing is a very popular home improvement and something that it is possible to take out a loan specifically for (more information about home renovation loans). Not only will it help with energy efficiency, but double glazing can increase the value of your home, with prospective buyers favouring more energy efficient and up to date homes, particularly when it comes to something as important as the windows.
Installing double glazing is also a great way in which to improve the security of your property. With the windows often being one of the most vulnerable points of a property, strengthening that very area can turn would-be burglars away.
Roof and Loft Insulation
Because heat rises, insulating he uppermost part of your property and protecting it against heat loss is one of the most popular and most effective ways in which to efficiently insulate your home. This can be done fairly inexpensively, although it will require work to fill gaps within the roof and potentially the walls. Additionally, if you have any chimney breasts, you may wish to remove them, as well as the chimney stack, to better insulate the property.
Draught Proofing Your Home
Although this may seem small and potentially trivial, reducing the amount of air infiltration that occurs as a result of draughts can make a very noticeable difference to the property’s temperature and energy efficiency. Draught proofing is also a form of DIY that you can carry out yourself, with the right materials in your home, making it one of the most cost-effective options. Remember that when you turn on your heating, the thermostat monitors the temperature of the property and the cooler it is, the harder the boiler will inevitably need to work.
Hence, by sorting out draughts which commonly occur through the gaps in doors and windows as well as any other gaps leading to the outside, you will instantly feel the difference. You will also find yourself needing less heating, less often, directly impacting your heating bills for the better.