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Upgrade your home’s thermal efficiency

You don’t want a home that’s too hot or too cold. You want it to be just right.

Upgrading your home’s thermal efficiency is not just about comfort – it’s also about sustainability, longevity and keeping energy use down.

Below you’ll find five simple ways to upgrade your Fairhaven home’s thermal efficiency so that you can enjoy maximum comfort at a minimum cost to yourself and the planet.

 

  1. Consider what’s best for you

No home has the same thermal aspects, so it’s important to consider what’s right for you. When planning an upgrade you’ll need to take things like budget, specifications, aesthetics, access and durability into account.

If you’re thinking about an upgrade it’s always worth doing your research. Make sure you’ve got a clear idea of what you can afford and where you want your unique upgrade to take you. Talking to someone who knows their stuff can also help, and our team is always here for an informative chat.

 

  1. Single vs Double-Glazed Windows

Although they’re cheaper to install, single-glazed windows don’t give you much in the way of insulation. One pane of glass is just not going to cut it when it comes to heat loss or gain.

Double-glazed windows, on the other hand, use two panes of glass with a vacuumed air gap between them, creating an insulated barrier. Double-glazed windows can be tinted or laminated depending on how you want to control your climate.

 

  1. Upgrade your ceiling insulation

Ceiling insulation is one of the big ones when it comes to thermal efficiency. Fairhaven homes come specified with standard R-3.5 insulation, with the option to upgrade to an R-5.0 rating.

Essentially, the R rating measures insulation’s ability to resist the flow of heat. The higher the number is, the better your insulation will be. Upgrading to an R-5.0 means significantly increasing the thermal efficiency of your home.

 

  1. Improve your wall insulation

Improving your wall insulation is another great way to upgrade. High quality external wall insulation means regulating how much heat your home gains and loses in different weather conditions, which is an essential part of climate control. By insulating your homes ceiling, floors and walls, you could save up to 45% on your energy bills.

Fairhaven homes come with standard R-2.0 external wall insulation, but the same option applies again. You can choose to upgrade to R-2.7, giving you that bit of extra ‘padding’ that helps keep you cosy in winter and cool during the summer months.

 

  1. Invest in quality blinds and curtains

Besides setting the mood and looking great, blinds and curtains are key players in keeping your Fairhaven home’s thermal aspects under control.

Window fittings can work with or against things like location and weather to give you more control over your climate. Well fit blinds or shades, such as honeycomb or roller are widely regarded as the most energy efficient. The trapped air has a similar affect to double glazed windows! They can also be used to complement the heating and cooling systems installed in your home, giving you the biggest bang for your buck when it comes to energy efficiency.

 

Want to know more?

Check out our Fairhaven Homes blog for information and advice on improving the energy efficiency of your home.

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