Helping to lower fuel bills and cut the amount of gas and electricity that households consume, energy efficient home improvements are good news for both the environment and your bank balance.However, with so much contradictory advice on the web, working out the best way to insulate your home can be hard. To make your life easier and help you create the most efficient property possible, here are a few common energy myths dispelled for good.
Myth: painting radiators black makes them more efficientThough it’s true that black is the most efficient colour for both absorbing and radiating heat, giving your radiators a monochrome facelift won’t make your home more environmentally friendly. This is because, despite the name, radiators don’t heat our homes by radiating heat. Instead, they use convection heating to warm the air that surrounds them. This air then rises up and spreads around the room while cool air is drawn towards the radiator to be heated. The colour of your radiator won’t affect this process, and adding an extra layer of paint to the appliance could actually make it less efficient.
Myth: Cling film makes good double glazingIf you live in a chilly single glazed home, anything that stops the draughts bringing cold air into your house is welcome news in the winter. Placing cling film over your windows will make a fractional difference but, as the material is thin and fragile, it won’t work as a long term alternative to double glazing. Investing in good quality windows is the best way to stop the draughts in your property for good. Affordable and effective, new windows will transform the look and the feel of your home forever.
Myth: insulating one part of the home will increase heat loss at other pointsThis is one of those myths that crops up again and again and luckily, it’s simply not true. Though insulating your roof or replacing your old, draughty windows may make you notice the parts of your home that lack insulation, it won’t actually cause more heat to leave your property via these channels.
Myth: leaving lights and appliances on uses less electricity than turning them off and on againIf you’ve been leaving your lights, computer or TV on instead of turning them off in the belief it uses less energy, it’s time to stop. Some appliances do use a little extra energy when they start up, however this is nothing compared to the electricity you’re wasting by leaving them on throughout the day.
If you want to boost the energy efficiency of your home and do your bit for the environment, the team at Zenith can help. Get in touch to find out more.