Although aesthetically pleasing, the maintenance costs for insulating an old house can be prohibitive.
Their reputation for being cold and draughty places is not unfounded; indeed, a combination of high ceilings, little to no insulation and difficulty obtaining planning permission for making more energy-efficient changes does little to help matters.
If your house was built pre-1960, there’s a very good chance that it features no insulation at all. Yet with extremes of weather proving to be a regular occurrence, insulating your period property against the elements is vital.
But just how should you go about giving your old home that much needed insulation update? Our handy Home-Logic guide is here to help, offering you a selection of the very best ways to insulate an old house, without compromising on aesthetics in the process…
Myths about insulating an old house
Let’s start by debunking some myths. One popular misconception about insulating an old house is that it’s always beyond the reach of most budgets.
Obviously, you’re likely to need to pay out a little more than you would for a newer home, yet you may just be surprised at how energy-efficient you can make your old home without breaking the bank balance.
How Much Insulation Is Needed For An Old House?
How long is a piece of string? As far as insulation is concerned, for old houses, the more steps you can take to insulate the home, the better.
As there is unlikely to be any existing insulation in your historic home at present, one key plus point of installing insulation in an older property is that even the smallest measure should make a great deal of difference.
To get a more accurate estimation of how much insulation you need for your old home, you’ll want to pay attention to the ‘R Value’ of the different materials on the market.
Put simply, an insulation’s ‘R Value’ refers to the material’s resistance to heat flow; the higher the ‘R Value,’ the better the material insulates, and consequently, the toastier your home will feel once it’s installed.
Overall, closed-cell spray foam, such as Icynene, takes the top spot.
Add to this Icynene’s additional benefits, including its ability to control airborne moisture, and you can clearly see how it’s become such a popular choice among homeowners.
Traditional insulation materials, such as cellulose and fibreglass, may have less initial outlay, but are not always cost-effective, long-term solutions
Idea 1: Upgrade Your Loft Insulation
A cheap and effective option to start with is to upgrade your loft insulation. One of the main places that heat escapes from is the roof, so paying particular attention to insulating your loft and roof space is a good place to start.
Traditional insulation materials, such as cellulose and fibreglass, may have less initial outlay, but are not always cost-effective, long-term solutions.
All things considered, a little cost-effectiveness analysis can save you money both now and for the future.
Idea 2: Upgrade Existing Windows
Another one of the best ways to insulate an old house on the cheap is to replace all single window panes with double glazing.
Granted, blindingly white UPVC may not initially seem in-keeping with your property’s quintessential historic charm, yet did you know that it’s also offered in a wide variety of authentic woodgrain finishes as well?
Wood effect UPVC is the perfect makeover mediator for old homes: not only does it blend in seamlessly to existing exteriors, it also makes your property more energy-efficient in the process.
And with the maintenance of overall aesthetics being one of the key criterion for granting planning permission to period properties, woodgrain effect UPVC is more likely to keep the powers that be happy too!
An older home will invariably have an older heating system, which is unlikely to be as effective as newer radiators, boilers and pipework, with such system inefficiency having the potential to lead to issues with damp
Idea 3: Draughtproof Your Rooms
For an immediate remedy to insulating an older house, draughtproofing all rooms can provide a sensible solution.
The effects of this measure in an old house will more than likely be quickly noticed-and much appreciated by the rest of the family as well!
And it’s not just draughts that can plague an old property. An older home will invariably have an older heating system, which is unlikely to be as effective as newer radiators, boilers and pipework, with such system inefficiency having the potential to lead to issues with damp.
In this situation, Icynene’s talent for controlling airborne moisture could come in very handy indeed!
Protect your period property for the long-term, with the help of Home Logic. Talk to our team today by calling 0800 1700 636 and set your home up for success!