Are you aware of just how much heat your home loses every day? You might be surprised to learn that it could be losing enough to affect your bank balance! Even though most modern homes are well insulated, there are still a lot of older properties out there that don’t have enough insulation to be effective.
This will result in your home losing so much heat that you will have to have the heating on at a higher temperature for longer periods. Eventually, this could increase your monthly utility bills.
Do you think it’s time you looked into your home’s insulation? Here are some ways you could improve it.
Insulate Attic Space
First of all, it’s worth checking your attic space. If you don’t have an attic or a loft, you probably have a flat roof. It’s worth calling out some home contractors to take a look at your flat roof as it will need to be insulated.
However, if you do have an attic space, your roof will be slanted, which should be easy enough to insulate yourself. You can usually buy rolls of mineral wool insulation from your local DIY store. These just need to be rolled out in the loft joists.
Insulate Your Cavity Walls
If your property was built after 1990, there is a good chance that it will have been built with cavity walls. That just means that there will be a gap in the middle of the wall. The gap on its own is enough to insulate the home, but it can be made even more effective by filling it. There are lots of specialist insulation firms that you can hire to do this for you.
Insulate All Pipes And Radiators
Are your pipes and radiators insulated? If not, this is something that you need to look into. Plastic tubes that can be fitted around your pipes reduce the amount of heat that is lost from the hot water that travels through them. This can help reduce your heating bill. Similarly, reflective panels placed behind all your radiators will reflect a lot more heat into the room so that you don’t need to leave them on for quite as long or at such high temperatures.
It could be worth looking around your home to see if there are any drafts that need to be stopped. Drafts will make all of your rooms a lot colder but they can be very easily stopped. If they are blowing through a door, you might just need to rehang the door so that it fits into the hole better and acts like a plug. If you notice that drafts are coming up through your floorboards, it could be a sign that it’s time to replace your home’s flooring.
Once you take some of the steps above, you should find that your home is well insulated and the cold won’t affect you. As a result, you won’t need to use your heating excessively, which can save you a few pennies!