If you spend a lot of money heating up your home in winter time then you might be wondering how much of the energy you consume is wasted. The answer is a surprisingly big figure which is made up many different elements. Most homes experience some form of heat loss in one way or another but what if yours is losing heat left, right and center?
The following are some of the most common ways in which the heat we generate escapes out into the cold air without giving us any great benefits.
The Windows and Doors – Up to 33%
If you have old or ill-fitting windows and doors then a huge amount of your heat could be sailing out through the gaps in addition to the loss suffered due to single pane glazing. Figures for this heat leakage vary but you will tend to find that the experts talk about a number between 25% and a third, which is a massive amount and probably the biggest single contributor to your wasted energy. One simple move to cut this figure is to get new double glazed UPVC windows fitted. A top firm like Anglianhome.co.uk will make sure that you cut that loss down drastically, with the amount you save in money and energy depending upon your individual circumstances. Additional steps such as adding heavy curtains will reduce the energy wastage down to as close to zero as possible.
The Ceilings – Up to 15%
You might be surprised to see the ceilings tend to account for a far smaller heat loss than the windows and doors. This part of your property probably accounts for around 15% of the overall heat loss. Clearly the addition of loft insulation makes a big dent in this number, making it one of the easiest changes to make to stop so much heat escaping from the property.
The Walls – Up to 20%
Even the walls of your property could be playing their part in making the heat you generate disappear. Cavity wall insulation is the best answer here and while it doesn’t come cheap it is a worthwhile effort to make for a long-term solution to this issue.
The floors of your home could be another big heat loser and we need to add in the effect of air leakage and other factors as well. All in all, it is clear that to make your home more energy efficient there are a lot of different factors to take into account. Some of these are big, relatively expensive jobs to get done so you might want to try and concentrate on one each year until you finally get to the stage in which you are happy that you are wasting as little energy as possible in heating our property.
This post is published on behalf of Anglian Home Improvements, the eco-friendly conservatories and double glazing specialist in the UK, who provided financial support for the article.