FreeHeating Blog - 3rd July 2020
Whether your home has a boiler and radiators or a different type of heating system, it is important to stop that heat from escaping, otherwise you could be wasting hundreds of pounds on your heating bills every year by warming the air outside.
Up to 25% of the heat produced in a home can be lost through the windows and doors. Modern double or triple glazed units should keep out the draughts and prevent most of the heat from leaving your rooms. Energy efficient glazing is also available that helps to retain even more heat. If you have older windows and doors, there are some simple steps you can take without having to buy new ones. These include replacing seals, sealing any gaps around the frames, fitting draughtproofing or installing secondary glazing. Even ensuring you have your curtains drawn when the heating is on can make a big difference.
As much as 15% of the heat can be lost through the downstairs floors. If you have a raised wooden floor, ensuring it is carpeted or has laminate flooring fitted over the original boards will help to cut down drafts and reduce heat loss. The space underneath the floor can also be insulated which will prevent most of the heat from escaping.
The biggest area where heat can find it’s way out of a home is through the walls. If they are not insulated, up to 35% of the heat produced can be lost. If the property was built from the 1920s onwards the walls will most likely have a cavity or air gap in the middle which can be filled with insulation. Homes with solid brick walls or alternative construction types such as prefabricated concrete can benefit from internal or external wall insulation. Most properties built after 1995 should have been insulated from new.
The roof area in a house is generally a lot smaller than the walls but heat has a tendency to rise, so up to 25% of it could just keep on going if the roof has no insulation. A traditional loft can be insulated by fitting a material such as glass fibre between the joists. Alternatively, the area underneath the tiles can be sprayed with foam. If you have rooms in the roof space, these can be insulated using a similar technique to internal wall insulation where boards are fitted on the inside and then plastered over.
Home insulation grants are available that can mean you don’t have to pay anything towards the cost of having it installed. For more information visit www.freeinsulation.co.uk. If your boiler is broken or old and inefficient, or you do not have central heating installed, you can save even more money on your bills by upgrading your system. Heating grants can be claimed to cover some or all of the cost. See if you could qualify by completing our online application form.