Enhancing the Performance of Period Properties: A Guide to Improving Energy Efficiency

Enhancing the Performance of Period Properties: A Guide to Improving Energy Efficiency

Period properties are cherished for their charm, character, and historical significance. However, they often present unique challenges regarding performance and energy efficiency. 

If you own a period property and want to enhance its performance without compromising its original features, this guide from Starglaze is for you. We will explore various strategies and products that can help you improve the energy efficiency, comfort, and sustainability of your period home.

1. Start With Improving The Insulation of Your Period Property 

One key area to address in period properties is insulation. Many older homes lack adequate insulation, leading to heat loss and higher energy bills. Consider adding insulation to your walls, roof, and floors to improve thermal efficiency. Several insulation options are available, including cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, and underfloor insulation. Consult with a professional to determine the best insulation solution for your property.

2. Windows and Doors: Upgrading for Better Performance

Upgrading your windows and doors is a crucial step in improving the performance of your period property. Traditional single glazed windows are notorious for their poor insulation properties. Replace them with double or triple glazed windows to enhance thermal efficiency and reduce noise transmission. Opt for window frames made from materials like uPVC, which offers excellent insulation properties. Similarly, upgrade your doors to energy efficient options that provide better insulation and security.

At Starglaze Windows, we offer a wide range of double glazed windows and doors specifically designed for period properties. Our products combine modern technology with traditional aesthetics, allowing you to maintain your home’s charm while enjoying the benefits of energy efficient solutions. 

Consider our vertical sliding sashes or flush sash windows if you are looking for a traditional look. Whilst they are both suitable for period properties, with our vertical sliding sash windows, you can also enjoy durable woodgrain colour foils that let you maintain the character of your period property by being an indistinguishable timber alternative. Though you can always contact our team if you would like to discuss your requirements, we will be on hand with our design ideas. 

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3. Draught Proofing To Eliminate Cold Spots

Draughts are a common issue in period properties, leading to cold spots and energy wastage. Draught proofing your windows, doors, and other areas where cold air can enter your home can significantly improve thermal comfort. Use draught excluders, sealant strips, and door sweeps to seal gaps and prevent draughts. This simple and cost effective measure can make a noticeable difference in your home’s energy efficiency. However, for long-term performance, consider our window and door replacements made from quality materials. 

4. Upgrade To Energy Efficient Heating & Cooling Systems

Period properties often have outdated heating and cooling systems that are inefficient and costly to run. Consider upgrading to more energy efficient options such as condensing boilers, heat pumps, or biomass boilers. These systems can provide better control over temperature and reduce energy consumption. Additionally, installing programmable thermostats and radiator valves can help optimize heating and cooling in different areas of your home.

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5. Embracing Sustainable & Renewable Energy Solutions

Embrace renewable energy sources to power your period property. Solar panels, for example, can generate clean electricity and reduce your reliance on the grid. Installing a solar PV system on your roof can not only lower your energy bills but also contribute to a greener environment. Consult with a renewable energy specialist to assess the feasibility of solar panels or other renewable energy solutions for your period property.

6. Ensuring a Healthy Indoor Environment With Effective Ventilation

Proper ventilation is essential for maintaining a healthy indoor environment and preventing issues like condensation and mould growth. Period properties often lack adequate ventilation systems, leading to poor air quality. Consider installing mechanical ventilation systems, such as heat recovery ventilation or mechanical extract ventilation, to ensure a constant supply of fresh air while recovering heat from the outgoing air.

If you want to increase the ventilation of your period home, you can also opt for our uPVC tilt and turn windows. Thanks to their innovative opening function, they can be fully tilted inwards for effective ventilation. Alternatively, consider our replacement windows with trickle vents. They are essential to eliminate damp and create a healthy indoor environment. Though you can find out more trickle vents by reading our guide

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7. Preserving Character While Improving Performance

If your period property is listed or located in a conservation area, it is important to be aware of any restrictions or building regulations that may apply to renovation or improvement works. Consult with local authorities or heritage professionals to ensure compliance with historic building regulations and guidelines. They can provide valuable advice on preserving the character of your property while making necessary improvements.

Find The Balance Between Historical Charm & Energy Efficiency With Starglaze

Improving the performance of period properties requires a careful balance between preserving their historical charm and enhancing their energy efficiency. By implementing the strategies mentioned above and utilizing high quality products from reputable home improvement companies like Starglaze Windows, you can create a more comfortable, sustainable, and cost effective living environment in your period home.

Remember, every period property is unique, and it’s essential to tailor your improvement plans to suit your specific needs and circumstances. If you’re looking to enhance insulation or upgrade windows and doors, Starglaze Windows is here to help. 

Visit our showroom to see our period property friendly double glazing or contact our friendly team with any queries you may have. Alternatively, use our online quoting engine to get a free personalised quote. Let us assist you in transforming your period property into a more efficient and comfortable home.

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