Keep out the cold in your home – attic conversions in winter

It’s December and the chill is in the air now. Many homes across the UK are stoking those fires and cranking up the heaters in order to stay warm in the home. There is only so much that these can accomplish however if your home is not prepared correctly and insulated in all the right places.

You’ll hear lots of people on TV and in businesses banging on about insulation and keeping the heat in for a number of reasons this December. The most consistent argument for insulation involves preserving and conserving energy in order to reduce fuel bills and help reduce energy waste overall.

Attic conversions are one method of ensuring that your home is appropriately insulated. While attic conversions are not entirely necessary in order to get your home ready for the harsh winter ahead they are certainly recommended.

The best course of action for you and your home is to consider where the heat is escaping from.

  • Ceilings (10%)
  • Walls (12-14%)
  • Floors (15-18%)
  • Windows (18%)
  • Doors (20%)

You need to make sure that your home is also sealed up in terms of air filtration. Energy will move through the gaps and cracks of your home wherever they may be hiding; walls, ceiling, windows, vents  etc. Ceilings, more specifically roofs, are where a large part of heat rises up to and disperses. Without solid insulation there will be a dramatic loss of energy.

Insulating the attic first is always recommended, simply because that is the place where so much heat gets lost. It is actually generally less expensive to insulate your attic than your walls and floors. You can always have an energy audit carried out to check where your home is most vulnerable. Alternatively, speak to a loft expert and arrange a consultation regarding your attic.

This is about improving the overall energy efficiency of your house and provides an excellent opportunity to evaluate your home. This way you can identify potential weaknesses and potential upgrades. Check your home yourself too. It can be a great way to button-hole any areas of your house that might be potential air filtration points or energy loss hotspots before you get the professionals in to assess things.

For more information regarding insulation and attic conversions, or to find out what the attic conversion process entails, contact us at Modern Attics and we’ll do our best to give you the rundown on the best way to treat your home this winter.

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