Preparing a period house for the winter weather

27/09/2018 /
by
Electric Radiator Solutions Team

Proposals for legislation around low EPC rated homes are currently being explored which could mean that it becomes unlawful to rent out a home with low EPC ratings in the near future. Upcoming changes could even lead to restrictions when selling privately owned homes in similar circumstances. That’s why it’s important, now more than ever, that you act on how to make your home energy efficient, especially those that are old period builds and likely to have poor energy efficiency ratings. Here are some tips that will save you money on bills and expense in the future, whilst also maintaining the traditional appearance that you fell in love with originally.

Windows

A simple way to customise your home to minimise loss of heat is to invest in double glazed windows. Although period homes have windows which are full of character, these are often single glazed and very old meaning that a lot of heat can be lost. If that seems a little out of budget to replace these with double glazed replicas, you can repair and draught proof the original windows to avoid big expenditures, although this will depend on the current condition as to what effects simple DIY techniques will make.

Flooring

Similar to windows, ensure that there aren’t any gaps in your flooring that could be letting heat escape. Period properties often have wooden flooring that you don’t want to cover with carpets, you could improvise by adding rugs and mats. Not only can you experiment with themes and colours to add some glamour to your home, this will visually add warmth and comfort and will cover any open spaces causing draughts within the floor.

Insulation

On average, 25 percent of heat in your home will escape through the roof, due to heat rising. To rescue the heat that is escaping, an effective measure to implement is insulation. It’s a simple task no matter how much DIY experience you have. The most popular material to use is mineral wool insulation; just lay out the rolls and ensure the whole area is covered. If you can’t access your loft easily, you can hire a professional to blow foam insulation into the space, which again is not an expensive option. The loft could be used as extra living space; in this case you can insulate the roof of the loft by fitting rigid insulation boards. Not only will you see the difference it has on your energy bills, but insulation is effective for decades so it's an efficient investment.

Heating system

Period houses are renowned for having high ceilings which result in large spaces to heat. Your home may still run victorian heating systems, however these are mainly decorative and don’t produce high amounts of heat compared to modern options. Electric heating systems are generally a lot cheaper to install and run than gas central heating options. They don’t require pipework and most

electric radiators can simply be plugged into a socket and be ready to use from the get go. Unlike gas boilers, electric radiators require little, if any, maintenance throughout the year or yearly checks, so you don’t need to worry them dreaded additional running costs. Electric radiator solutions also offer smart radiators that can be controlled remotely from your phone meaning you’ll never have to come home to a cold house, whatever the weather! The enhanced smart technology allows you to keep on top of the energy you use, so you’ll never receive an unexpected bill that empties your wallet. Electric radiators are also 100% energy efficient, so you know every unit you use and pay for, is converted into keeping your home warm and cosy. You can customise the controls to adapt each room to its own specific temperature, so on them cold winter nights, you can keep remain toasty in your bedroom through the night whilst turning off the heating throughout the rest of the house. Electric radiators can even sense when a space is empty and automatically turn itself off, so you have one less thing you have to think about and save money simultaneously.

Extra heating sources

Some easy measures to put in place in order to add warmth to your home are investing in items such as dense curtains to obstruct heat loss or cold entering, and purchasing a higher tog bedding for added insulation during the night. Options such as heated towel rails can also give that extra touch of added heat. If you feel like you’ve lost some of the contemporary feel of your home by installing more efficient and modern heating systems, why not install some additional heating sources to recreate the look. In older housing, there may be a fireplace already established which will highlight the original authentic appearance. However, open chimneys can permit cold air to venture into your home, so the decision to close the chimney will depend on how often you would intend to use an open fire. If you do decide to close the chimney, there’s nothing stopping you from sprucing the fireplace up to still give the authentic appearance you desire. Check out wood burning stoves if you don’t have fireplaces to a portray a convincing period look to match your build.

If you have a period home and are looking to minimise costs but heighten efficiency,contact the team at Electric Radiator Solutions today to receive friendly advice on the best electric radiators to install in your home!