Energy saving tips for period homes
We’re all being encouraged to make our homes more efficient and cut energy usage. While new houses can incorporate a whole plethora of modern insulation and other measures, things are a bit more difficult for those of us in period homes, especially if they’re located in a conservation area or are listed buildings.
It’s important to ensure that any energy-saving measures you take are sympathetic to your property and are carried out using appropriate materials. If you are having work carried out, make sure you employ a contractor who is used to working on period homes. Problems can often be introduced by the use of modern materials that aren’t as breathable or flexible as older solutions.
Windows are a major issue in older properties, usually because they are single-glazed and also because the frames are ill-fitting and draughty. In an older property, replacing the the windows with modern, double-glazed units is not an option.
The most common solution is to fit secondary glazing, which helps keep heat in while preserving the external appearance of the building. There are also thinner-than-normal sealed glazing units available that can replace the glass while keeping older – or older-style – frames.
It’s important to cut out draughts by sealing up any gaps around the frames. Make sure that any traces of old sealant are removed using silicone sealant remover from a supplier such as ct1ltd.com to ensure the new sealant sticks properly.
To keep your home warm, it is vital to ensure the heating is operating at its most efficient. Have the boiler serviced once a year, preferably before the winter, to cut the risk of breakdowns. Check your radiators, too. If they are cold at the top and hot at the bottom, there is air trapped in the system and it needs bleeding. This is a job you can easily do yourself. If they are cold at the bottom, they are probably clogged up with sludge and you need to get a professional to flush the system.
You can also improve your heating controls. Getting a smart thermostat will give you more control over the system, and thermostatic radiator valves will allow you to regulate the temperature effectively in each room to help you avoid wasting too much heat.