How to improve the energy performance of your period home

November 6th 2017
By: Melanie
How to improve the energy performance of your period home

If you live in a period home from the Victorian or Edwardian era you will probably battle to keep warm each year. So here are some ways in which you can insulate your home.

Most period homes usually have open fireplaces, so if you are not planning on using them make sure that you stop the hot air from escaping by either stuffing in newspaper into the hole or by inserting a chimney balloon.

Think about installing a wood stove – these give off much more heat and could help to keep your home warm through winter.

Add linings to your curtains or buy double lined curtains, as this will help to keep the cold air out and the hot air in.

Floorboards look lovely in period homes, but they could a be causing a draft to come up through the rafters, so if you have big gaps in between them it could be worth considering getting a company to fill them with wood and then sand. Filling really doesn’t work. Another cheaper alternative would be to lay lots of rugs but this wouldn’t work as well.

Traditional front doors are often very draughty so if you haven’t fitted a curtain already this could be a good option to keep your house warmer, if you do it in a lovely opulent fabric it could also enhance it.

If not properly insulated most of our property’s heat will go up through the loft, so if you haven’t done so already make sure that your loft has sufficient insulation. It’s worth bearing in mind that when you insulate your roof you will need to increase the ventilation, especially if your loft is already damp or humid.