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Practical winter preparation tips for your home

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As winter approaches, you’ll need to start thinking about home maintenance. It seems as though each year the forecast for Britain is an even worse winter than the last. The threat of sub-zero temperatures lingers in the air. That’s why it is the perfect time to start prepping your home early, before the onslaught on winter begins. So today, we’re going to bring you some practical tips for preparing your home for winter.

 

Clean the gutters
ountrylife.co.uk recommends that you check that your gutters are not clogged up with leaves or debris. If the flow of water is blocked, you could be in for all sorts of problems, such as damp or subsidence. By cleaning your gutters and drains annually, you’ll prevent the likes of dry rot in your roof timbers, and therefore, you’ll save money in the long run.

 

Pre-set your thermostats
Program your thermostat so that the heating comes on as soon as the room reaches a certain temperature. You don’t have to put the heating on a high setting – simply by keeping it on a constant low temperature, you’ll ensure that the pipes don’t get too cold and burst from freezing. What’s more, programming your heating to come on only when it is necessary will help to reduce your energy bills in the long run. This useful tip came from womansday.com.

 

Check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
The experts advise that smoke alarm batteries are replaced at least twice annually, and that a new device is fitted if the alarm is between five and ten years old. According to bhg.com, you should ensure that there is at least one smoke alarm per floor of your house and an extra one in or close to each bedroom. When fitting carbon monoxide detectors, it is important to place them high on the wall and again close to bedrooms. Don’t fit them near any gas appliances or fireplaces as this will trigger a false alarm.

Hopefully these tips have given you food for thought. Do you have any further recommendations for winter-proofing your home?

If you’re considering converting your loft, you can rely on Econoloft. Experts in the industry, we have over 40 years’ experience, making us more than qualified.

If you’re in need of design inspiration, check out our gallery of previous work, while our client testimonials detail exactly why we are the best firm to complete the job for you.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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04.11.2013 No Comments

H is for… heating

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Wow, we seem to be speeding through our A to Z blog posts – we’re on ‘h’ already! Regular readers will be familiar by now with our blog system – once a week we bring you information on the more technical aspects of loft conversion, to help you get yours just right when it comes to converting your loft.

So today we’re focusing on heating. After all, if you’re planning to spend quite a bit of time in your loft, you’ll need to make sure that it’s warm enough, especially during the winter months.

Gas central heating
If your home currently operates with gas central heating, you’ll have to determine whether or not the existing boiler will be able to cope with the extra heating requirements that come with a loft conversion. You may find that it is necessary for a new boiler with better heating capacity to be installed.

Consider loft insulation
However, if you invest in good quality insulation methods for your conversion, you may find that this helps to reduce the overall amount of heat lost through the house. In such cases, a new boiler will not be necessary.

Requirements for new boilers
Should you need to have a new boiler installed, it is wise to opt for one with a high efficiency grade (A or B). There are also some additional requirement regulations:

– It must be a ‘fully pumped’ heating system
– It must comprise a programmer control, room thermostat and hot water storage cylinder thermostat
– Room thermostats must be interlocked to the boiler (only fires up when there is a demand for heat)

Alternatives to central heating system boilers
It may be that your existing loft does not contain a central heating system – while you have the option of installing one, there are of course alternatives.

– Room heater
Choose one with a time and temperature control to give you better control of when the room will be heated.

– Natural gas heater
It doesn’t matter if your loft space is minimal, as you can purchase a wall-mounted natural gas heater unit. What’s more, gas-fired room heaters are far more environmentally friendly as they produce fewer carbon emissions than electric heaters, which can also be expensive to run.

So now you know the options available to you when it comes to heating your loft conversion. Of course, you can always ask for more advice during your consultation if there’s anything you’re unsure of.

Let Econoloft transform your loft into the space of your dreams. Check out our gallery for some design inspiration.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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10.06.2013 No Comments

How loft insulation can make your home more energy efficient

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Whether you use your loft for storage purposes, or you are planning to convert it into living space, there are ways in which you can insulate your loft that can make your entire home more energy efficient.

Regular followers of our blog will know that this week we have been focusing on energy efficiency. So today we are going to take a look at the various ways in which you can insulate your loft, depending on what you want to use it for.

Why should you insulate your loft?
Heat rises so if your home is not insulated properly, you could lose a quarter (that’s 25%) of your heat through the roof. By insulating your loft, you can easily save that waste and reduce your heating bills as a result. What’s more, loft insulation lasts for a minimum of 40 years and it will more than pay for itself over and over in that time.

Choosing loft insulation

If you use your loft for storage:
If you plan to use your loft for storage purposes, you will need to lay boards over the joists. To get enough insulation, you have two options:
– Use mineral wool as insulation between the joists and then lay insulation boards over the top, with wooden boarding on top of that. If you plan to fit the insulation yourself, you can make things easier by buying insulation board pre-bonded to floor boarding. Or,
– You can raise the level of the floor in the loft to allow you space to fit enough mineral wool underneath. Try not to squash the mineral wool as this will reduce its insulation value.

If you use your loft for living space:
If you plan to convert your loft and use it as living space, you could put your insulation in the roof instead of the floor. Fix rigid insulation boards between the roof rafters and then cover them in plasterboard to neaten everything up. If your loft is fairly small, make sure you use the highest performance insulation board available.

Your loft can then be used…
As a home office, like this one seen on housetohome.co.uk. Make sure to include plenty of organisation solutions and save space with wall hanging storage.

 

For an extra bathroom or as a bedroom with en-suite bathroom if there’s enough space. Channel4.com recommends making the most of awkward spaces.

Did you know that by converting your loft, you could add significant value to your home? So if you insulate your loft and then convert it into extra living space, you’ll not only save money on heating and therefore make your home more energy efficient, but you’ll also increase the overall value of your property.

Here at Econoloft, we’re experts in transforming lofts – take a look at our previous work if you need proof. We tailor each of our designs to our client’s specifications to make it truly special for them – check out our client testimonials to show how satisfied they are.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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18.04.2013 No Comments

Five Ways To Improve The Energy Efficiency In Your Home

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This week at Econoloft, we’re focusing on ways in which you can improve your home’s energy efficiency. So if you’re fed up of continually paying over the odds each time one of your household bills comes through the door, this is the post for you.

Here are five ways that you can improve the energy efficiency in your home.

1. Work out how to heat your home
Gas heating is a lot cheaper to run and is much more energy efficient than using electric, so you may wish to consider changing the way you heat your home. Get your hands on the heating control instructions so that you can make sure you are only heating the rooms that are in use and can control at what time of day each room is heated.

This living room seen on Pinterest.com looks warm and inviting, thanks to the gas fire, yet it still retains a contemporary, chic look with the dazzling light shade and edgy artwork.

2. Insulate your loft
The head is the place that loses the most heat from the body, and similarly, so does the loft when it comes to a house. By insulating your loft, you can make sure that your home retains heat and can save you money on your heating bills.

Approximately 25% of the heat from a home is lost through the roof. Follow these tips from lovehome.co.uk to fit your own loft insulation – it will only take you a day to complete and could save you loads of money on your heating bills each month, so it’s worth doing.

3. Seeing double
Another great way to stop the heat escaping from your home is to invest in double glazed windows. You’ll easily make back the money you spend on having double gazing installed as it’ll come off your heating bill, plus more.

However, if you do have single-glazed windows, you can keep in the heat with a pair of heavy lined curtains. To save costs, you can make some yourself by following the helpful guide on channel4.com.

4. Keep out the draught
If you can often feel a draft around the windows and doors in your house, there are lots of D.I.Y solutions that could mean you’re less inclined to put the heating on.

Put your craft skills to good use and make this stylish draught excluder to help keep out any chilly breezes. Housetohome.co.uk has compiled a how-to guide for making a draught excluder, or you can purchase one for a relatively low cost from most home shops.

 

5. What a bright idea!
Did you know that by using energy saving light bulbs you can save money on your household bills and increase the lifespan of your bulbs, so you’ll need to replace them less often?

Take the expert advice from freshome.com and ensure you turn off the light when the room is not in use. If you don’t like to come home to a dark house, you could put your lights on a timer and set it to the time of day you would like the lights to be on.

We don’t know about you, but here at Econoloft, the thought of saving money each month on household bills is a very welcome prospect.

Let Econoloft take care of your loft and ensure that your home does not lose heat. Check out some examples of the loft conversion work we’ve done for our clients.

For more information about how we can help you to improve the energy efficiency in your home, or to book your FREE loft conversion estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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16.04.2013 No Comments