In order to reduce heating bills and increase energy efficiency, there are several measures you can take to retain the heat in your home. According to the Energy Saving Trust, thorough draught-proofing could save up to £120 annually.
Here are seven insulation tips that can be implemented in every home:
1. Exclude drafts
To thoroughly draught-proof your home you should block all of the unwanted gaps that allow cold air to enter your home and warm air to leave. Fit sealant strips around all exterior doors and add a brush trim to block bigger gaps around doors and letterboxes.
2. Seal windows
Use putty, sealer and sealant strips to block cracks in and around window frames. In homes that have sash windows, it may be more effective to install brush strips.
3. Hang curtains
Thermal curtains or blinds will help to trap warm air and reduce the circulation of draughts.
4. Seal gaps
Fill in all visible gaps between skirting boards, floorboards and around low-level fittings, such as plug sockets, with an expanding silicone sealer.
5. Block your chimney
A reliable way to stop cold air entering your home through the chimneys is to cap your chimney pots from the outside, or if you use your fireplace occasionally, temporarily block it from the inside with a chimney balloon.
6. Repair cracks in walls
Small cracks in walls can be filled in using cement or a hard setting filler. If you spot bigger cracks, consult a builder or surveyor as there may be an underlying structural problem that needs addressing.
7. Double-glaze your windows
Double-glazed windows are made from two sheets of glass that have a gap between them, which creates an insulating barrier. Not only will double-glazed windows better insulate your home they will also reduce noise pollution.