Expensive House Improvements: Will They Actually Keep Your Family Warm?

As we’re in the midst of the winter months, we all do our best to make our homes warm and snug and keep the elements out. This can come at a cost as we increase the heating during this period. Some of us may still feel that our homes just aren’t warm enough and think that we need to look at what other options are available for keeping our family homes warm. We will take a look at some home improvements that you can look to make, which can be expensive. We will also review whether these improvements are actually worth the money that you have to pay out and if they actually work in keeping your family home warm.

Insulation

Roof and wall insulation is imperative in any building. Insulation works by keeping the warm air in by trapping it, like a carpet can on the floor. However, warm insulation does have its drawbacks. If you have insulated your walls and your ceiling, although they will be insulted, other areas such as doors and windows have to meet the same standards or the insulation simply won’t be as effective as it could be. Insulation can be expensive if you need to cover a large area. In a loft, the thicker the insulation is, the more it will cost. That said, it is a very effective way of keeping your house warm.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is now the way forward. A popular form of renewable energy is solar panels. These work by turning energy from the sun’s rays into power. Another option would be to have a single turbine wind generator for your home. These can often power more than one home so it can be shared amongst a small local community. Renewable energy is a great way to save money on your fuel bills, however the equipment to become solar efficient is very expensive. On a day where there is a low level of light, you may still have to rely on the standard power sources, so it can therefore be seen as an expensive option which isn’t always able to be used. With all of this in mind, renewable energy options may not be the option for keeping your home warm as in the winter, when you need your house to be warm, there will be low levels of light and your solar energy system will not be working at its optimum.

Windows and Doors

Upgrading your windows and doors can be very expensive if you go for high quality options. Double glazing for windows is often one of the first things people consider when insulating their home, as a great deal of heat is lost via the windows. It’s not just the glazing that will need to be updated, you will also need to update your window frames so that the material also helps towards keeping your home warm. A timber joinery company or a uPVC company will be able to point you in the right direction when it comes to selecting the correct material for your window frames.  If you do decide to upgrade your windows, you will also need to upgrade your doors too. uPVC is regarded as the best material for insulation when it comes to doors. By upgrading your windows and doors you will find that your home will be warmer and therefore this is a good option for keeping your family home warm.

Heating Upgrades

It always seems to be the case that when the cold weather sets in, your heating decides to break down. Hot water plumbers never seem to be available when you need them so at this point it may be worth trying to upgrade your system if it needs it, to something that is more modern and reliable. For example, if you don’t have a central heating system, then this is an option worth considering as it will keep your home warm, even though it is expensive. You will however need to make sure insulation in general is in place and up to date in order for the central heating system to be as efficient as it can be.

Underfloor Heating

Underfloor heating is a great way of keeping your home warm as the heat source is at the lowest level of your house and the heat then rises. As hot air rises to each level of your house your home will be nice and warm. As long as other insulation is up to standard you will find that you have minimum heat loss. The disadvantages of underfloor heating are that it is expensive to buy and it is also expensive to run. Additionally, it’s hard to control and maintain a constant temperature. On the whole it’s an effective system to keep your family home warm, but as you can see it does have its drawbacks.

Electric Heating

If you don’t want an upgrade to a standard gas central heating system then you could look at electric heating. These systems are expensive to run and have installed but do offer instant heat. They can be regulated so that the temperature can be adjusted within a degree. If money is no object then an electric heating system will keep you and your family warm for sure.

Regardless of which one of these home improvements you consider for keeping your home warm, it is important to weigh up the pros and cons before you make a final decision. You have to be sure that although you need to keep your home warm and comfortable, the heating option that you choose is not only efficient, it also needs to be cost effective and have some longevity so that you are not going to need to replace it again anytime soon.

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