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How to insulate your loft without spending a fortune

Written by : News | Tue 09th Dec 2014

 

We had an Indian summer, but now the nights are drawing in and the wind has that icy edge to it.

Suddenly the doors are shut and the curtains drawn.

But sometimes you still feel that sudden icy draft when you least expect it.

So how can you keep out the cold, without freezing your bank account?

Here are 10 tips to insulate your home this winter.

1. Think lofty
You don't need an expert to come and install blanket loft insulation – rolls of foil-backed felt, glass or mineral fibre – which you can fit yourself.

Or there are other options such as sheet-loft insulation: a green solution such as cork, straw and wood board;

2. Draught measures
Draught excluders made of aluminium or rubber can help around door and window frames.

These come on a roll and you can stick them around your door frame or window yourself;

3. Fake the glaze
Don't have double glazing?

Acrylic sheets are a great, cheap way of adding an extra layer of glazing to your windows, glass panels or skylights.

Even if you already have double glazing, you can still feel colder in winter.

Acrylic sheets can be fitted by yourself and they add an extra layer to keep out the cold;

4. Cavity wall
This can save you hundreds of pounds and many households don't even realise they may be able to get their cavity walls filled for free.

Many energy providers will assist you in getting this done for free if you qualify.

Visit your gas provider's website or call them to find out more;

5. Don’t forget the floors
They say heat rises – but heat also circulates.

And lots of heat is lost through the floor beneath you.

Up to 10 percent of heat is lost through un-insulated flooring.

Consider polystyrene insulation boards which can be cut to size and fitted beneath your existing floor to stop heat escaping;

6. Pipe up!
Pipe insulation can not only stop pipes freezing in winter but also stop heat escaping from hot pipes.

These are like cosy socks that can be simply slipped over the pipework;

7. Draw the curtains
It may sound old-fashioned and obvious but a thick pair of curtains can keep the cold from creeping in, as well as well fitted blinds;

8. Keep clear
Don't keep large items in front of radiators – this can prevent heat circulating and can mean a heavy item like a sofa is absorbing all your heat!

9. Don’t forget the loft hatch
It's no good insulating your loft then forgetting your loft hatch.

Use the same draught-excluder tape in foam or aluminium as on windows and doors;

10. Remember the small things
Letterboxes, keyholes, cat flaps all lose heat.

You can use insulation tape to exclude draught or wool insulation rolled up or buy a brush draught excluder for the bottom of your doors.

By Black Hills Thermal Imaging (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons


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