With the current cost of living crisis and rise in energy bills, there is no better time to learn how to prevent heat loss in a house. In this article we share some of the best ways you can prevent heat loss in a house, so no matter what your budget, you can make some or all of these improvements for the best results.
Cavity Wall Insulation
Installing cavity wall insulation costs is a relatively cost effective way of improving thermal efficiency, and takes only a few hours for a typical home. For about £5-8 per square metre, thermal materials are used to fill the space between the bricks. Thanks to its low cost and simple installation, you will save a lot of money on your bills. The majority of properties in the nation that are capable of having this type of insulation installed already have it.
Insulation for cavities comes in a few distinct varieties. Modern buildings will come equipped with insulation—typically rigid board insulation. There are two types of insulation that can be retro-fitted into an older building: the less expensive fibreglass insulation and the more expensive but more effective polystyrene bead insulation. You can acquire ECO grants for cavity wall insulation, thus the job is typically highly discounted, if not completely free.
By placing an insulating layer between the floorboards, a floor can be made more energy-efficient by preventing heat from escaping through the floor and into the ground. This channel accounts for 15% of a house's heat loss. Additionally, insulation works to stop draughts from rising through the flooring. In order to further aid reduce draughts, the household might think about insulating the spaces between the skirting boards and the floor.
Although it is most frequently done when installing a new floor, most floors can be retro-fitted with insulating material, which will significantly reduce your overall heating costs. You may be able to install floor insulation yourself, depending on how comfortable you are with do-it-yourself.
An uninsulated home loses 25% of its heat through the roof. Insulating your loft, attic, or flat roof is a great approach to stop heat loss and save your heating costs. If properly installed, loft insulation should more than pay for itself over the course of its 40-year lifespan.
Another surprising way on how to prevent heat loss in a house is to add thermal wallpaper to your walls and ceiling. This is a simple and low cost yet effective way to insulate your home. The best thermal liners you can buy is the Wallrock Thermal Liner, approved by the Energy Saving Trust for its thermal efficiency and energy-saving properties. These clever liners are easy, and relatively cheap to install. They have been scientifically proven to reduce room warm up time, and hold heat in a room for longer, and will save approximately 15% of your heating bills.
In any type of structure, draught-proofing is one of the most affordable and efficient solutions to conserve energy and money. By allowing fresh air to enter when it is needed, controlled ventilation helps to lower condensation and dampness. Draughts, on the other hand, are out of control, they squander heat and allow in chilly air.
In order to draught-proof your home, you should seal up any openings that permit warm air to escape and cold air to enter. In addition to keeping your home cosy and warm, conserving warm air means you will spend less energy to heat it.
According to The Energy Savings Trust, Draught-proofing around windows and doors could save you around £60 a year*. If you have an open chimney, draught-proofing your chimney when you’re not using it could save around £90 a year*.