After last years ‘Beast from the East’ we are sure everyone is wary of a ‘blast from the past’ this winter. There are many ways we can keep warm, however, blasting your heating is not only expensive but also harmful to the environment. We have put together a few tips that can help you save money this season whilst keeping toasty warm.
London is home to many gorgeous ages of architecture when it comes to domestic properties. However, one pitfall of this preservation is that your windows may not be up to the latest specifications, especially if you have the original single panned wooden fame windows. A huge amount of heat is lost through inefficient windows, so getting them upgraded could save you pretty penny. New double glazed windows will be properly sealed and have multiple glazed panels to keep that cold out and the warmth in.
If you have typical wall mounted radiators, then you could be losing heat through your walls. One way to combat this is to get a product called a ‘radiator panel’. This helps by reflecting that precious lost heat from the rear face back into your room, retaining it for longer.
Having an efficient boiler is incredibly important when it comes to heating your home. Most gas engineers would recommend installing a new boiler after 10 years. You can also save energy by upgrading an old boiler to a new A-rated condensing boiler which comes with a programmer, room thermostat and thermostatic radiator controls. Based on fuel prices in April 2017, a detached house upgrading from a G-rated boiler could save up to £320 a year.
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Skylights and large glass doors are fantastic as they let more natural sun light into your home during the day. However, it is an effective method to close them off tight or use thick curtains during the night. This will help retain what is referred to as ‘embodied energy’ in the materials of your home. This heat is later released as the temperature gets colder. So get those curtains wide open while the sun is out.
Draughts are a common problem in many homes as it is the easiest way of allowing cold air in. This can also be brought through chimneys which almost every London home has. If you do not use your fire place, it can become an unnecessary hole which serves no purpose, other than having an aesthetical value and bringing in drafts. Getting your fire chimney stack blocked off can stop cold air getting in and your warm air escaping.
Ensuring your loft is properly insulated is key to stopping heat loss in a home. Think of insulation as a giant hat. In the same way we lose most heat from the top of our heads, so do homes. Much of the heat we retain is released through the roof as heat rises, so it’s important to have this properly covered. This can be done by putting in efficient insulation or finally doing that dormer extension you’ve been considering for a couple of years.
If you are looking to extend your property and want to see how you can be most efficient, our design team would be happy to guide you and offer specialist advice through the process. If you would like to begin your own project, get in touch with our team today on 020 242 5353.