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the right insulation
Having the nicest home in your area is
one thing but having to spend half of
the year tucked away in its inner
sanctums to avoid being blown up the coast to
the Catlin's whenever you venture outdoors is
Everything may seem wonderful on sunny
afternoons in the summer and the thoughts of
double glazing, extra wall insulation and
underfloor heating could not be further from
However when the harsh winds of winter
blow, coupled with unprecedented frosty
temperatures, it is then that you truly realise
how essential it is to have a heating system in
This should ideally be at the forefront of your
mind from the outset, even when you initially
choose a plot of land to build your dream
All bases should be considered such as the
location of your home on the land, the height
of the dwelling and if there's a need to have
some form of shelter planted to impede the
progress of wind in particular.
Capturing maximum sunlight should be kept
in mind especially if you are planning to
install solar panels as the main form of
All new homes are insulated in some form or
another, but you may need to include an extra
thick version to keep the interior warm and
cosy during the colder months.
Very few newly built homes today do not
include some form of underfloor heating
whether this be via the laying of heated water
pipes in the foundations or the insertion of
polythene panels between the floor joyces.
Either method works well so it only depends
on the amount of money you have to spend
that dictates what method is used.
If you have ever sat close by a window that
rattles and shakes in high winds or one where
the curtains take flight of their own accord
when even a mild breeze blows, you'll know
how intrusive cold weather can be. Research
has shown that draughts from poorly fitting
windows, doors and unused fireplaces can
lead to as much as 70 per cent of heating costs
over a period of 12 months.
Draughts are very common in older homes
where the foundations have well and truly
settled, putting extreme pressure on both
exterior and interior framework.
We all know that wood expands in the heat of
summer and contracts in winter so if any
moisture has been able to penetrate outer
cladding then the problem is furthered.
This means that no matter how hard the
homeowner strives to keep cosy and warm, he
or she will never feel 100 per cent
comfortable, irrespective of how many forms
of heating there are in the house.
If this sounds familiar, fear not, there are
simple solutions to your heating problems that
do not cost an arm and a leg.
A simple example is double-sided draught
strips which are available at most building
retail outlets and are available in a range of
sizes to suit most windows even the old sash-
These strips only take a few minutes to attach.
If the gap is overly large then it can be fixed
with a tube or two of 'No More Gaps' or
The only tool needed to complete the job is a
corking gun. Again these can be purchased at
any home building merchant and some
interior decorating outlets.
A great deal of heat can escape from a door
that has warped slightly. It's also a wise move
to add double-sided draught stoppers to the
bottom of any exterior doors.
In the case of disused open fireplaces, it's a
simple matter of blocking off the chimney in
order to prevent heat escaping.
What might seem as a novel way to retain
heat is also an extremely cost effective way -
This should be adhered to particularly in
rooms that are not constantly in use.
This small but effective strategy will contribute
to savings in heating bills and is only a matter
of good habit.
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