How to keep an old house warm
3rd March 2022
Heating and living costs are a serious concern for many living in the UK, however, those with older homes can especially find themselves bearing the brunt.
It is generally accepted that houses built at the beginning of the 20th century or even earlier have insufficient insulation. This issue may be down to a wide range of factors, such as the fact that heating was inexpensive at the time they were built or that insulating technology has steadily improved over the years.
Whatever it may be, there are many ways to ensure that you can feel the benefit in your old home.
What options are available?
Luckily, there are a wealth of options available for those looking to keep their old, draughty house warm; your first port of call, however, should always be your windows.
Energy-saving sources claim that a shocking 18 percent of a home's heat is lost through its windows. The sad reality is that when it comes to older homes, the likelihood is that your house will be extremely energy inefficient due to poorly installed and old windows.
Although you may be hesitant to replace elements of your home due to its history, nowadays there are plenty of choices available to tie in with the overall look and feel of the house. For example, Georgian windows not only add real class to any home, but they also effortlessly evoke a sense of elegance and stateliness.
Alternatively, try a sash window for a timeless look that ties in with your period home.
Signs you need to update your old windows
If you're having trouble deciphering whether your windows need replacing, there are a few tell-tale hacks that are sure to do the trick. We recommend replacing your windows every 15-20 years or so, in order to get the best out of heating your home.
If your energy bills are much higher than usual, this is usually a sign that your heat is escaping through your windows. If you're looking to conserve your energy, we advise replacing your old windows with a new and modern alternative to keep the cold and bills at bay.
Moreover, a common wear and tear symptom of inefficient windows is if they are soundproof and draughty. Unfortunately, single glazing is commonplace in older houses; if this is the case for you, consider switching to a double glazed window to improve thermal efficiency and also keep the noise out.
Other common issues with older homes
Windows aside, there are other various common issues with older homes that may affect their insulation. A multitude of older homes have inefficient heating issues since they are simply not designed to accommodate the modern-day heating systems that are required today.
One of the best ways to heat an old house is by adding insulation to your attic. Added insulation is a sure-fire way to cut back on those costly heating bills, and will ensure that no heat escapes from your house whilst stopping unwanted draughts from coming in.
If your windows need updating, look no further than the swap shop which provides an opportunity to get up to £100 for each old window and door towards new ones.
Take a look through our extensive window range, find out why over 1 million customers have chosen Safestyle and get a free quote today.