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Keep Heat Trapped In Your Home This Winter!

Superfresco Easy - Darcie

 

Keep Heat Trapped In Your Home This Winter!

Superfresco Easy - Darcie
Superfresco Easy – Darcie

Let’s start with something you probably already know: it’s cold! This winter has been exceptionally cold, following on the heels of last year’s record-breaking chill.People will tackle the cold in a variety of ways. Many will crank the heating up, raising their gas and electric prices to uncomfortable levels. Some heroic souls will save money and just put on more layers of clothing. But neither of these methods deal with the most common temperature-control problem in the country. This would be the escape of heat from your house. You should check your house from the top down to make sure it’s as insulated from the cold as possible.

The roof

Go up to your attic and check the roof insulation. Many people are neglecting their attics, and so don’t often see the state their roof is in from the inside. I recently went to a friend’s attic to find that the insulation was falling apart. An estimated 25% of the heat from your home escapes from the roof. (This is only the second-biggest – more on that later!) Suppose you’ve made yourself a cup of tea. It doesn’t stay hot, does it? The second law of thermodynamics will ensure it gets cold soon enough. How do you keep hot drinks hot? You put a cover over it! This keeps the heat in. The same method can be applied to your house. There’s a lot of ways to go about attic and roof insulation. Keeping it tip-top isn’t as expensive or as complex as it may seem. As long as you know what kind of roof shape you have, you should be able to get the material you need. Of course, it’s not the most pleasant job. Get a team of experts to help out if you’re unsure!

The windows

This is one you always hear about. Double Glazing is one of the most popular house alterations around. Two panes of glass separated by a layer of trapped air. Air cannot easily leak between these panes of glass, thanks to this air layer. Looking up double glazing, you may see two labels being thrown around: PVCu and uPVC. Don’t panic! These are the same thing. PVCu is strong stuff. It’s extremely resistant to weather conditions and withstands hard impacts. It will reshape in very high temperatures, but this won’t affect you. It just means that recycling it is easy! PVCu double glazing is good for the environment in loads of ways.

The walls

A massive 35% of heat loss occurs through the walls of your home. This is a tougher problem to tackle than windows and the attic. Most homes have cavity walls, meaning that there’s an air gap between two layers of brick. Unlike with double glazing, this isn’t that effective a method of heat insulation. But how are you supposed to resolve the problem? It will take more work that the other modifications. Be sure to speak to your landlord about the problem to ensure you’re allowed to work on the walls. A popular method is loose-fill insulation. If you fill a blower with loose-fill insulation and drill a hole near the floor, you can spray the insulation into the wall. It will fill up the air between the layers of wall material and keep heat trapped tightly inside your home. Make sure to research this method carefully!

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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