Record highs, seasonal lows, mammoth lighting strikes and flash flooding. The summer has been a really mixed bag so far, so how knows what the winter will be like?
If we were in your shoes, we would take a pessimistic view and anticipate a really cold one, making energy efficient enhancements at home now to prepare for it.
Exactly how much more energy efficient you need to make your home will depend on what it’s current energy rating is.
You can find out this information on your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).
Anyone without an EPC should arrange for an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor to come out to their property and conduct an energy audit so that an EPC can be issued.
An ‘A’ rating is what you should aim for. If you are to achieve close to that, you will need products such as these installed:
Double or triple glazed windows and doors
You don’t want to lose much of the heat produced by your boiler through your windows and doors, but you will if they have ageing frames and are only single glazed – they can account for up to 25% of heat loss.
Commit to a window and door upgrade; the installation of double or triple glazed windows and doors. Envisage flush casement windows are a favourite amongst our window buyers because of their thermal qualities and because they can meet Secured by Design standards.
You can make an annual energy saving of £170 with a window and door upgrade.
When buying a new boiler, take notice of its ErP (Energy related Products Directive) rating as this tells you how energy efficient it is. An ‘A’ Erp rating is the norm for most modern boilers.
If you have an old boiler, its ErP rating is unlikely to be anywhere near an ‘A’, and there’s a greater risk of it breaking down than a modern boiler.
A new A-rated boiler doesn’t come cheap, but the Energy Saving Trust says it can save you £340 a year, so it’s worth the money.
Uninsulated properties lose a lot of heat through their roofs – they can lose up to a quarter of the heat that comes out of their boiler.
There’s a simple fix for that and it’s putting loft insulation in your loft, attic or roof space. It will hardly cost you anything and it can remain effective for 40 years or more.
Fitting it is easy if you want to save money on installation, or leave it to the Pros and find an approved insulation installer nearby on the National Insulation Association website.
Don’t leave it a minute longer to ready your home for the winter. Request a FREE no obligation quote from Permaframe for new windows and doors today.
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