All the eco-science tells us that a properly insulated and glazed home should not need to be heated up in the winter nor cooled down in the summer. If this is true then the vast majority are paying a fortune each year for no good reason. We pay through the winter to heat our homes up. Evidence suggests that most of that money just flies out of the door, up through the ceiling and out through the walls. We sit and suffer in the hotter parts of the year while the sun stifles us and makes life very uncomfortable.
So, most of us can’t just walk away from our homes. What can we do to make our houses more energy efficient?
Ceiling and Roof
We need to insulate the roof. If you are not sure if your house has insulation, a few simple checks can tell you. If you can see the roof joists and the underfelt layer beneath your roof tiles, then your roof is not insulated. Take a look at the ceiling joists. There should be a layer of insulation butting right up to those from one side of the house to the other. It may be that this layer is present but is in fact thin and insufficient. Get another layer put in. Heat rises and an uninsulated ceiling and or roof will mean that the heat you’re paying for is simply leaving the building.
Exterior walls should have a barrier of air and preferably insulation, trapping the cold air and moisture. This will help keep you cool in the summer and warm and dry in the winter. If this layer is missing, you could consider having the walls lined with a suitable dry wall system.
Wooden framed houses have similar issues. It is possible to re-line your walls and insert insulation. It may also be possible on a timber house to have a liquid foam insulation pumped in through holes drilled in the exterior walls.
Where you have raised wooden floors, it might be possible to insert floor insulation underneath the floorboards. If you have access to this space, this is a messy and fiddly job but very much within reach of the average DIY’ er.
Heating and Cooling systems.
Most of our homes will require a supplementary system to help us keep our living space cool or warm. A good quality air conditioner may well be your best option. Professional air conditioning by Deep Chill can make any space more comfortable to enjoy.
Windows and Doors
All windows and doors should be double glazed. While this is standard on new builds, most older houses more than 20 years old do not have double glazing. You have two options both involve quotes from reputable companies. You can replace all the current windows with brand new double glazed units, or have your existing windows retro fitted. Ensure all doors are well sealed, and fit draught excluders where necessary. Add efficient curtains to retain heat in the winter and have blinds to exclude excessive heat during the summer.
No one likes the thought of paying out excessively to heat or cool our homes. Insulating well and installing an efficient air conditioner go a long way to reclaiming some of those costs.