Tips for saving energy and having an efficient home abound in the network. However, all too often these recommendations focus on the choice of appliances and lighting, or the use we must give our air conditioning system. What can we do if we want to make our home truly efficient from a constructive point of view?
Today we are going to talk precisely about how we can make our home and not only is what inside it efficient which will not only help us save money, but also provide us with the great satisfaction of having a home more respectful of the environment.
Some of the advice we offer below fall within the scope of DIY and we can carry it out ourselves, while professionals must implement others. In any case, they all contribute to a greater or lesser extent to making our home more efficient.
As we have said on several occasions the condensation occurs when the cold air from outside meets the heated environment of the interior of the house. Although moisture problems are the visible and most obvious consequence of this effect the cold wall actually speaks to us of a major problem: poor isolation. At the end of the day if the insulation was suitable the outside cold could not be “filtered” through the walls to the interior of the house. So, insulation of the house properly means not only combating condensation but also making our home more efficient. We can achieve this in several ways.
If we want to take the insulation a little further we can lift laminated plasterboard off the perimeter walls (those outside) incorporating layers of insulation in the tiles. There are many types but probably the most comfortable for vertical arrangements are extruded polystyrene, as they are rigid. Rock wool blankets being flexible may end up slipping and accumulating at the bottom of the wall if they are not properly fixed. This solution will eat you some interior space but in return you will get a spectacular isolation.
Here is a system of ultra-insulation that however, must be carried out by professionals. The SATE (Exterior Thermal Isolation System) consists of lining the entire façade with several layers of different materials. The result is a new facade and spectacular isolation.
Changing traditional windows through double glass windows is a major investment but guaranteed return. The windows are one of the main thermal bridges of any dwelling. If the rest of the house is well insulated, you will begin to notice a significant decrease in the bill of light just change the windows.
Here is a little trick with which to take full advantage of the heat generated by your boiler. Putting a reflective fabric between the radiators and the wall, you will be able to reflect much of the heat that would otherwise be lost in the walls. There are several types of reflectors designed for this use and they are all very easy to find on any large DIY surface especially at this time.
One trick as simple as effective to save some light is to paint the different rooms of the house with light colors. By reflecting more light, the light colors make it turn on the lights somewhat later which can make a significant difference in annual light consumption.