Older homes are great to live in, but sometimes their charm comes at the cost of heat efficiency.
Older homes are great to live in, but sometimes their charm comes at the cost of heat efficiency. This loses you heat and can make your home less green and more expensive to run. To the extent that a Victorian four bed detached house may cost over twice as much to heat as a modern equivalent.
Fortunately, there are ways you can overcome this problem while maintaining the look and feel of a period home.
One particular feature of old houses that should be kept in mind is that they were often designed to ‘breath’ more than modern homes, to let moisture leave the home. Therefore you need to think carefully about the type of insulation you use as some materials will trap this moisture in the home. It may be that permeable insulation is the best choice for an older home.
Many homeowners want to keep as many the original features of their house as possible to retain that period look. It is possible to do this in a few different ways. For example by using thermostatic valves with a traditional cast iron radiators you can improve temperature control. You could use these alongside smart heating options and radiator reflector panels to really get to grip with your heating. For those of you who love your period windows, secondary insulation may be a good option to keep in heat while maintaining the look of your house.
We hope this guide gives you some great tips to get the most from your home.
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