Insulation advice for older homes
Older homes can often face far greater difficulties in retaining heat than more modern buildings, but that doesn't mean property owners should resign themselves to colder days and nights.
Sustainable home insulation expert Mukti Mitchell told the Green Building Press that there are many great ways that older properties can be updated to help homeowners save on their monthly outgoings, as well as ensuring they have a more comfortable place to live.
Here are just a few of his suggestions:
- Loft insulation should be a thickness of at least 300 mm, as the typical loft space can drain around ten per cent of the heat generated in a property if it is not insulated correctly.
- Draught-proofing will ensure heat is lost to the outside through cracks, while fitting thermal linings to curtains can also help to keep heat in the home.
- A focus on external wall insulation can also be of great benefit to many older properties.
- Double or even triple-glazing will also ensure heat is not being lost through windows, helping to cut heat loss by up to 70 per cent against single-glazed units.
- Install heat-reflective panels behind radiators to ensure energy is not being spent warming up walls when it could be being reflected back into a room.
By investing in the right areas and making some simple improvements, people up and down the country that are living in older properties should rest assured that they too can benefit from lower bills and a greener future.