How to insulate a period home

If you have a period home, you are very lucky. Period homes are very beautiful and full of character. However, compared to modern homes they can be draughty and expensive to heat.

A few small, and inexpensive changes can make a huge difference if your beautiful period home becomes a draughty, cold cavern during winter. These changes will not alter the aesthetic or character of the home, but they will mean you can have some cosy nights in, without feeling guilty about the heating bill.

Door

Block all draughts around the door to avoid the main entrance to your home and your downstairs rooms being chilly. Draught excluders are very cheap and easy to install and won’t ruin the aesthetic of your door. You should also ensure that your letterbox is insulated, as lots of cold air can come through otherwise.

High quality, insulated door drapes are more of an investment, but make a world of difference if your front door is poorly insulated. You will soon make the money back from your heating bill.

Ensure drapes fully cover the door, with plenty spare on all sides. There are a huge range of patterns and textures available and if you pair drapes with an ornamental curtain pole, they can become a feature in themselves.

Windows

If your windows are draughty, then insulated curtains will be a real help. Not all period homes are suitable for modern, PVCu double glazed windows. However, temporary secondary glazing can be fitted during the winter months to add some extra insulation.

If you have the money, then bespoke wooden frames will keep in the heat without destroying the look of the property.

If you have single glazed sash windows, be sure they are well kept and properly balanced Brush strips can be easily and cheaply fitted to provide extra insulation.

Floors

Exposed floorboards are very common in period properties. They look fantastic, but in older properties gaps between the floorboards can create cold draughts, especially if there is no underfloor insulation.

If you can’t yet invest in underfloor insulation, or it is impractical in your property, place tubing between the floorboards to plug the gaps. This is a relatively easy job and will make the world of difference to the temperature and fell of your home.

Attic

Loft insulation is one of the best things that you can do to insulate your home. Around 25% of heat is lost through the attic and roof. Although loft insulation will make a big difference, it can be done quickly and inexpensively. If you already have loft insulation, it may be worth checking that there are no gaps and make appropriate repairs before winter.