Guide To An Energy Efficient Home
Reducing the carbon footprint is a priority for everyone. However, improving the energy efficiency of your home is not just good for the environment. Simple measures and initial investment can greatly reduce your fuel bills over time while keeping your home much warmer and comfortable.
We all know that heat rises, so when you’re heating your home the heat produced by your heating system heads straight up to the top of the house and out through the roof. An insulated roof acts as a thermal barrier, trapping the warm air, preventing it from escaping and keeping the warmth inside. Not only will you have a warmer home but your central heating system won’t have to work so hard and your fuel bills will be dramatically reduced.
A modern, energy efficient boiler can make a big difference to your energy bills. Older, traditional boilers lose a lot of heat up the flue. A condensing boiler exchanges the heat in the flue with colder gases, heating your home more efficiently.
A regular condensing boiler has a separate hot water cylinder and is more efficient that a combi-boiler. It’s also more compatible if you choose to install solar heating.
Solar heating is the most sustainable heat source there is. The heat from the sun is used to heat our homes and provide us with hot water all year round. Sunshine is free, so by installing a solar heating system in your home, you’ll have much lower energy bills. Solar panels are fitted to your roof which then collects the heat from the sun and transfers it to your hot water cylinder.
You may be able to receive payment for the energy you don’t use through the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive.
Double glazed windows control the heat produced in your home and also reduce noise pollution. Homes lose up to 70% heat through single paned windows resulting in higher fuel bills. Double glazing also helps to capture natural heat from the sun and reduces condensation build-up that can result in mildew and damp.
Modern UPVC windows are available in a variety of colours with a wood grain effect so you can use them to blend in with traditional features, even in older properties.
For more information on our range of UPVC windows Hove, contact Brighton Trade Windows or visit us online today.