Many people living in old homes have a lot of problems when it comes to maintenance and energy efficiency. Although no technology can create an atmosphere that you’ll find in an old house, where generations have lived before you, such “luxury” comes at a price.
For example, the materials used for construction are much less energy-efficient, which means you need to pay more every month for the energy you don’t really use. Such houses are also potentially more dangerous and more prone to damage, due to their age most of all.
However, that doesn’t mean there’s no way you can improve both safety and energy efficiency of your home at an affordable price. There are actually quite a lot of things you can do to maximize the pleasure of living in a vintage house.
Repairs and maintenance
Maintaining a house is always challenging, but the problems get even bigger if you’ve not keeping it in a good condition in the past. You can start by fixing any window panes that need your attention, cleaning the gutters and drains and adjusting or replacing any door that doesn’t provide an adequate protection from the elements.
In terms of safety, make sure there are no cracks in the load-bearing structures, such as beams and walls. Also, carefully inspect the roof since any potential leak might damage the ceiling to the point when it might collapse.
If you’ve provided better insulation, you can turn your thermostat down a degree or two, especially during the time when you’re not at home. You might consider installing a programmable thermostat to help you manage your energy consumption. Heavy curtains and rugs will also prevent hot air from leaving the house easily.
Since most heat is lost through the walls and roof, these are the areas you need to insulate properly. The price of insulating the roof is typically significantly lower than the cost of wall insulation, which is why most people start from the roof when introducing new insulation. Naturally, you can have your house audited for energy efficiency and the experts who perform this task should be able to advise you on the most cost-effective measures.
Insuring your house against all sorts of potential damage makes perfect sense, especially when it comes to the elements we can do little to prevent from affecting us. For example, you can introduce a state-of-the-art burglar and fire alarm system, which would definitely prevent or significantly reduce the potential damage, but there isn’t much you can do to protect your home when it comes to mother nature and it’s potentially devastating effects on your property.
Depending on the region where you live, you might be exposed to different kinds of natural disasters, which makes insuring your home against the elements a sensible thing to do.
Products and practices
Though many safety products can really improve the quality of living in your home, they can’t do that unless you also implement safety practices and behaviours. For example, having a smoke detector is not only useful, but even desirable. Still, if you don’t check the batteries regularly or if you don’t test the detectors from time to time, how can you expect the system to react appropriately in case of an emergency?
As you can see, there are quite a few things you can do to boost both the safety and energy efficiency of your home. Naturally, applying common sense to everyday activities is the most important and it is applicable regardless of how old your house is.
So, in conclusion, the only way to actually enjoy all the benefits offered by living in such a place is to combine consistent safety practices and behaviours with products that help you live in a safe and environmentally friendly place.