How to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Old Homes

Old homes in the UK hold much of our heritage and it is important that we do our best to preserve England’s history. However, if you live in an old home you may know the struggle to keep warm or the difficulties of the ever-rising costs of energy bills.

Whether you inherited your heritage home or you simply chose to buy an older home, it is important to consider how you can improve your energy efficiency rating.

Why are Old Properties Not Energy Efficient?

Commonly, properties that were built 50 to 100 years ago were not made to be energy efficient. This means they have had appliances and fittings installed that don’t save energy, they may have uninsulated walls and the windows are often single glazed. All of these features can contribute to extremely low energy efficiency.

But can this be fixed? It is always important to work with home improvement experts, such as South Coast, who know what it takes to improve the energy efficiency of your home.

We always recommend targeting the key areas first to increase the energy efficiency of your home. Key areas would include windows, walls, doors, and lofts. After you have made these areas work efficiently, it is time to look into the energy consumption of the appliances in your home, such as ovens, lighting, and heating.

Replace Your Windows for an Energy Efficient House

Did you know that around 40% of the heat in your home is lost through poorly insulated windows? Losing such a significant amount of heat from your home will be costing you dearly on your energy bills. Simply replacing the windows in your old heritage property with double glazed, energy-efficient models will significantly reduce the heat loss from your home. Here at South Coast Home Improvements,we sell and install a quality selection of long-lasting windows:

We are experts in quality window replacements. So, if you need new windows for your property, look no further than South Coast Home Improvements.

Replace Single Glazed Windows with Double Glazing

It doesn’t matter how high-quality your windows are if they’re not double glazed. You may have beautiful windows in your property already, but they may only be single glazed and this simply isn’t energy efficient. Double glazing is one of the most important elements of energy efficiency for your property.

All the windows we sell are made using the highest quality materials and all come double glazed. Installing our double glazed windows in your property could save you at least £80 a year on your energy bills! What’s more, the double glazing will provide you with numerous benefits.

The Benefits of Double Glazed Windows

  • Energy efficiency
  • Reduced noise pollution
  • Increased security
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Reduced energy bills
  • Comfortable home temperatures
  • No condensation
  • Increased property value

As you can see, there are a number of benefits to double glazed window installations for older properties – you don’t want to miss out! You can find out more about the benefits of double glazed windows here.

Is Planning Permission Required to Replace Old Windows?

One of the main questions our customers ask us when looking to replace their windows is whether or not they will need planning permission. While planning permission is not generally required for replacing the windows on old properties, if you live in a conservation area it may be required.

Whatever the age of your property, our team at South Coast Home Improvements will happily answer any questions you may have. We will ensure you understand every aspect of the installation process, from gaining the relevant permissions, to the installation itself.

Signs Your Windows Are Not Energy Efficient

In addition to problems with energy efficiency, there are many reasons that windows need to be replaced in old homes. If you notice any of the following signs, it is time to get your new windows installed by us:

The Windows are Damaged or Warped

No matter how beautiful the windows in your old home look, if they are damaged or warped they could be doing more harm than good. We always suggest replacing a damaged, warped or broken window instead of attempting a repair as you could end up making the problem worse.

You Have Just Survived a Severe Storm

There are some locations where environmental factors can play havoc with your windows. If your windows are exposed to humidity, sea salt, coastal winds, or torrential rain on a regular basis, it is important you ensure they are replaced as soon as signs of damage occur.

At South Coast Home Improvements, we protect our windows against the elements by using materials of the highest quality. So, when you buy from us, you can enjoy windows that will last for many years to come.

Decaying Frames and Leaking Windows

One of the most common signs that your windows need replacing is decaying window frames. Your windows are constantly exposed to the elements and in older properties where windows are made from timber that has not been sprayed with protective coatings, rot can set in quickly.

If you notice that your window frames are showing signs of decay and that they are leaking whenever it rains, you need to book an upgrade. Ask yourself some questions; are your windows drafty? Do they rattle when the window blows? Are they sticking when you close them? Or do they fog up during colder weather? If your windows are displaying any of these common signs, they are not energy efficient.

Contact Us for Energy Efficient Window Installations

Stop needlessly wasting money on rising energy bills, when you could contact South Coast Home Improvements today to find out how we can help you! We sell and professionally install a wide range of window designs, suitable for old properties and new builds, whatever kind of home you have. Call us today to find out how we can make your home more energy efficient.