More than ever, people are turning to ways to make their homes more energy-efficient. A loft conversion is a genius way to reduce energy bills while adding space and value to your home. Saving money on heating the home is a big priority for most. So when planning a loft conversion there are a few specific things to consider to get the space of your dreams that also don’t increase fuel bills.
At Alvaston we specialise in loft conversions that add value to your home. In this blog we will show you how converting your loft can also result in a more energy-efficient home.
Insulating a Loft Conversion
According to Which, loft insulation can (depending on your home) reduce energy bills by up to £315 per year so it makes sense to consider the type of insulation you want in your loft. Warm roof insulation is a cost-effective method of insulating the loft and offers the most thermal protection. The insulation is applied to the rafters so this method works best for pitched roofs. The result is an additional living space that works to keep the entire house warmer in winter resulting in less need to turn up the radiators, thus saving money.
Optimise Loft Conversion Windows
Once you’ve sorted out the insulation, the aim is to retain the extra warmth gained from an insulated loft. A+ rated double or even triple-glazed windows are the perfect way to keep heat indoors where it belongs. Where you plan to situate the windows can also have an impact on energy efficiency. For example, placing a Velux loft window on the south-facing side of your home means the room will benefit from more sunlight hours. This means more heat is trapped by the glazed windows resulting in lower heating bills as the temperature is regulated better.
Heating a Loft Conversion Efficiently
With the extra space that comes with a loft conversion, would your current boiler handle the extra demand? If you have turned your loft conversion into an ensuite bathroom, for example, you may need to upgrade your boiler so it can efficiently meet the needs of the household. Thermostatic valves are recommended as a part of Building Regulations so they will be standard on loft conversion radiators. Nowadays smart devices for the home can also help you to regulate the temperature of your entire house from your phone. This way you will be able to control how much heat is used, even in your converted loft space.
Invest In Top Quality Loft Conversion Lighting
It’s becoming a known fact that LED lights are more energy-saving than their incandescent and fluorescent counterparts. According to energysavingtrust.org.uk, switching to LED bulbs could save you £30 a year on your electricity bills. So with lighting making up 15% of a typical yearly electricity bill, choosing LED replacements will up the energy efficiency of your loft conversion.
Talk to Loft Conversion Specialists
As experts in loft conversion, the Alvaston Loft Conversion team can help you take all the necessary steps involved in planning and creating an energy-efficient loft space. For more information about converting your loft, contact us now.