The mild days of September may not be the most natural time to be thinking about insulation and heating, but there are still many things that home owners can do to stay cool in early autumn while also reducing their energy bills in winter.
- For instance, insulation is crucial to the viability of many renewable technologies, with the maximum energy savings only attainable with high levels of home insulation. However, whilst some people only start considering insulation once they notice ice forming inside there bathrooms, they might not realise it can also keep a home cool in the warmer months.
- Sealing and insulating a property creates a need for improved ventilation but, rather than being a problem, this holds an excellent opportunity for homeowners to consider technical ventilation and heat recovery (MVHR). In the winter, heat is recovered from stale air being removed from the building and transferred to the fresh, incoming air, leading to considerable heat savings. In the summer and early autumn, a bypass option allows cool, filtered fresh air into the building, distributed via in-built ducting.
- Ground source heat pumps can also keep your home cool by taking advantage of the relatively cold ground temperature of 10- 12 degrees Celsius.
- A special module connected to under floor heating systems allows ground-cooled water to circulate through your home, a far cheaper option than energy-intensive air conditioning.
Renewable energy technology isn't just for the winter months. It can save money and provides benefits throughout the year.