Reducing household emissions has been a hot topic for several years, with strict building controls now in place to ensure that modern buildings meet minimum standards for energy efficiency. However, older buildings predate these concerns, meaning that many are expensive to heat and high in emissions. This, in turn, can affect the value and saleability of a property.
Whether you’re a landlord, property manager, homeowner or property developer, we’ve got some tips to help you boost the energy efficiency of your building.
Maintain your heating system
The better the condition of your heating system, the better its efficiency, so invest in regular maintenance to keep your central heating running smoothly. Bleed your radiators, have your system serviced on time, and consider an annual power flush to keep your heating system in top condition, all year round.
Proper care and maintenance not only improves the energy efficiency of your central heating – it can also prevent breakdowns and prolong the lifespan of your system.
Upgrade your boiler
However, you can only do so much with an out-dated boiler. Older models are far less efficient than new boilers, and over time their performance deteriorates significantly. If your boiler is less than 80% efficient, you should think about upgrading to save money on energy bills and reduce household emissions.
Air tightness testing
Heating your property is one challenge – keeping it warm is quite another. However, it’s difficult to improve the energy efficiency of your building if you don’t know where heat is being lost.
To this end, it’s a good idea to arrange an air tightness test if you’re serious about boosting the efficiency of your property. This will pinpoint air leakage spots in the building, to facilitate a snagging process that will eliminate gaps and draughts.
Replace windows and doors
One of the most common sources of air leakage is through windows and doors, so consider replacing these when renovating a building with old fittings. Condensation in windows, warped exterior doors, or draughts beneath internal doors are all signs that these fittings might need to be replaced. A rated windows and doors will improve energy efficiency, and enhance the security of your property.
Whilst modern properties have in-built insulation as standard, many older properties lack this design feature, meaning that heat is lost through the walls and roof of the building. Roof insulation is a simple and cost-effective way to target heat loss, and lock warmth in to your property.
From small changes to major improvements, there are plenty of ways to enhance the energy efficiency of older properties. Whether you’re looking to boost your EPC rating or reduce running costs for yourself or tenants, follow these tips to identify and address inefficiencies in your building.
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