Is Your Home Winter Ready?

Is Your Home Winter Ready?

Making your home ready for winter and for Christmas means more than wrapping yourself and your family up in blankets and getting the tree down from the loft. You’ll need to think about keeping your home warm throughout the colder months and what that’ll do to your energy bills.

That’s why we’ve made a list of the three most important things you should do to prepare for winter this year, including your double glazing, your boiler, and insulation.

Double glazing

Double glazing is one of the most important factors in making your home truly energy efficient is. You could have the newest boiler recently installed and insulation in your walls and in your loft, but if heat is escaping through your windows, you won’t be making the most of the other investments in your property.

Double glazing also prevents moisture from building up in your home and this stops condensation. The less condensation there is, the less chance there is of your home developing damp and mould in your home.

How much does it cost?

The cost of replacing all of your windows will depend on how many windows you need replacing and how large they are. Below you’ll find some general estimates for double glazing installation in a variety of different properties:

Type of houseNumber of windowsPrice range
Flat4£2,000-£2,200
Small home8£4,000-£4,400
Medium home10£5,000-£5,600
Large home15£7,620-£8,420

Double glazing can last upwards of 20 years before it needs to be replaced. This means that, in most cases, you will make your money back on your installation through savings on heating bills.

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Combi Boiler

Double glazing is only one part of the preparations for winter you should be thinking about making. If your boiler is old, it has to work a lot harder to heat your home and provide you with how water. A combi boiler and the latest double glazing offer significant comfort and warmth over the winter months in addition to the potential for hundreds of pounds of savings.

Why is it important?

Most old boilers cost a lot to run and their effectiveness diminishes over time. By upgrading your boiler, you can heat your home for a lot less, not have to call out the engineer as often, and prevent any issues with a lack of heating or hot water in the middle of winter.

How much does it cost?

If you’re replacing your old boiler with a brand new one, the installation cost and the price of the boiler itself will be around £2,900 for a medium sized home. If you live in a smaller property, you will need a smaller boiler, and larger properties will need appropriately sized boilers as well.

You might want to think about using a local tradesman install the boiler rather than having British Gas fit it for you. LoveMoney say: “when it comes to installation you might want to start with energy companies like British Gas for a quote but you should also look at independent traders too, who typically charge up to a third less”.

However, get as many quotes as you can, including from the big national installers. Why? Because sometimes they have great deals on which can save you money and offer you superior levels of service.

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Insulation

Cavity wall insulation prevents the warm air in your home escaping though your walls.

For most homes built since the 1990s, cavity wall insulation would have been installed as standard. Houses built between the 1920s and the 1980s are the most likely to benefit from installation.

Given the size of the average house, it sounds like insulating your walls will be a big job that would take a long time to complete. Surprisingly, the whole process is very quick. Your installer drills a hole in your walls and them siphons in the insulating material. The typical materials used during and cavity wall insulation is foam, beads made from polystyrene, and mineral wall. In general, the average installation takes around two to three hours.

How much does it cost?

The average UK domestic cavity wall insulations costs between £250 and £750 depending on the size and type of your property.

The Energy Saving Trust estimates that most cavity wall insulation installations pay for themselves with four years of installation because of the related savings made on energy bills.

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Subsidies for boilers and insulation

For some households, subsidies exist which either pay for the installation of boilers and cavity wall insulation in full or in part. There are currently no subsidies available for double glazing installation.

The Energy Company Obligation is a scheme run by the government which requires the larger energy companies to help homeowners and tenants cut down on the cost of heating their homes. It’s part of a wider commitment made by the UK to reduce its carbon emissions as part of the worldwide effort to prevent global warming and climate change.

As a rule, Energy Company Obligation incentives are only available for householders with an income of £16,190 or less, people receiving tax credits, and others receiving other types of benefit like pension credits.

How to get the best prices

The best way to save the most money on installing double glazing, combi boilers, and insulation is to get 3-4 quotes from trusted suppliers with a reputation for quality work and quality after-care. We can connect you with these suppliers free of charge and you’re under no obligation to accept any of the quotes offered by our partner installers.

For readers interested in finding out whether they qualify for free or heavily subsidised boiler or cavity wall insulation, applications for the scheme are made by an installer and not by you directly. Please get in touch with us so we can connect you with 3-4 trusted tradespeople who will be able to help you with this.

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