With all the talk about heat conservation and the resulting rising energy costs, what can I do to reduce heat loss in my block-built bungalow that was built in the 1980s. We replaced the original single glazed windows with double glazed windows about 20 years ago and had the walls pumped out about 10 years ago. I hear a lot about airtightness these days and wonder what steps I can take to improve things. I’m worried that my attic will be particularly cold when I enter it and I wonder if this is “normal”?
Aidan Kereen, Waterford
Thank you for your question. Yes, I guess we are now looking at the “barrel” of a perfect storm. With oil prices at decade highs, daily news of melting ice caps already high and electricity and energy bills and the advent of electric vehicles, it’s no wonder we’re starting now looking at our aging homes and wondering how they can be brought into line with this growing search for efficiency.
Civil engineer Kieran McCarthy is founder and director of design and construction at KMC Homes. He is co-presenter of the RTÉ program Cheap Irish Homes.
The hugely relevant and popular TV show Cheap Irish Homes returns for a third eight-episode series and is looking for contestants. Co-presenters Maggie Molloy and Kieran McCarthy say that in return for buyers’ willingness to do a little work, they’ll unearth properties within reach of those on a tight budget, whether it’s a cottage, townhouse or village or town shop or pub to convert.