Heat loss in our homes can result in big expenses. But it’s not something a lot of us pay much attention to though we should. Here are 4 ways to stop heat escaping from your home.
Insulate Your Walls
To make it as hard as possible for heat to escape from your home, you should start by insulating your walls. It doesn’t matter what type of walls your house has, you can still get them insulated. For ordinary cavity walls, the procedure is pretty easy, but you should let a professional do it, so you don’t make mistakes.
If you do carry out the job by yourself, there are a few things that you should know first. For example, cavity walls exist so that damp doesn’t spread to internal walls. That means you need to make sure that you use moisture repellent materials to fill the gap when you’re insulating your walls.
Insulate Your Attic
It’s no good insulating your walls if your attic isn’t insulated too though. As you probably know, heat rises, that means that all the heat in your home can escape through the roof if it’s not insulated. To prevent this, you should lay the insulation between and over the joists above your ceiling.
It’s up to you whether you choose to do the work by yourself or hire a professional. Insulating an attic is a little easier than insulating your walls. But if you do it by yourself, the best material to use is natural wool as it’s safe to handle and use for amateurs. It’s also from a renewable source, which is good for your green credentials.
Upgrade Your Siding and Windows
Once your home is fully insulated, and you’re satisfied with the job that’s been done, you can start to think about how else heat escapes from your home. One obvious way is through your windows. To keep as much heat in as possible, you should contact a siding contractor who can replace both your siding and windows.
Single glazed windows let out a lot of heat and can cost you a lot of extra money in heating bills if you don’t get them replaced. The same goes for your siding. If it’s not up to scratch, heat will be escaping from your home constantly. Yes, it costs money to get them upgraded, but you’ll save a lot of money on energy too.
Patch Up Any Gaps
There are gaps all over your home, and you probably don’t even realize it. All these relatively small gaps can be responsible for a lot of heat loss from your home unless you find them and patch them up. Doors and windows can often have gaps, especially if they’re older.
You can buy some compression seals that you fix onto the gaps in your doors and windows to stop heat getting out. Alternatively, you could use the types of sealant that you apply using a gun and can buy from most shops. Heat can also be lost through the floors, so think about floor insulation or simply use thick carpets.
If you get these 4 factors right, your home will keep in as much heat as possible.