Insulation Inspiration! Renovations To Keep The Heat In The Home
How To Keep The Heat In The Home
Well, you may have survived yet another freezing cold winter, and now you’re taking advantage of the spring months to organise your home, get it clean, but also to prepare for next winter. You may have noticed that there are problems with your boiler, there may be cracks in the walls or windows, and before winter descends on us yet again, we’ve got to make the most of the good weather while we can to get our home up to code. What are the best ways to renovate the house to keep the heat in?
Adding More Insulation
You might have noticed where your heat is escaping; in which case, it’s time to get some insulation down. If it proves troublesome, there are some cheaper alternatives to keeping your home insulated, such as special foil that can be put over troublesome areas, but if your loft or attic is the prime culprit, loft insulation is essential.
Getting Better Curtains
If you pick heavy curtains with an insulated lining, this will keep the warm in during the winter and the warmth out in the summer. Think of these as a barrier between you and the outside world. You can also use shutters or blinds, but they only work so well in keeping the heat in. It’s also worth thinking about what to put on the floor in the home, such as carpets and underlays which can be a great way to insulate the property, but if you’ve got concrete or laminate floors, rugs are very cheap.
Fixing The Glazing
We all know the double glazing is essential to keep the heat in, but there are some other aspects of double glazing that you should know. For example, if your home tends to overheat in the summer without double glazing, it’s worth getting sufficient shading or shutters installed as well to balance it out. But this is if your windows are positioned to get warmer in the winter, because this will bring too much heat in the summer. On the other hand, you could go for some smart glass, which is more expensive but as it adapts to the conditions inside and outside the home this is a very good solution.
In homes where concrete is prevalent, electric underfloor heating is a good suggestion. And while this may require a bit more renovation than you are used to, underfloor heating is a great way to keep your home warm during the day if you have flooring made of concrete, as they retain heat for a good amount of time. While concrete flooring looks great, it’s not particularly conducive to a warm home. Underfloor heating can help with this.
It’s worth thinking about getting your home up to code now so you don’t have these difficult issues come winter time. As we all know, the British weather is notoriously fickle, and we may even find that we experience a cold blast come Easter time. In the meantime, while preparing for probably another harsh winter, it’s worth making some essential innovations.
*This is a collaborative post.