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Well insulated but chilly house

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indigoteeshirt Mon 15-Jun-15 20:02:04

Any suggestions about how to maintain a comfortable temperature economically?

HarrietSchulenberg Mon 15-Jun-15 20:05:28

As Gary Barlow allegedly told Robbie Williams, "Put another jumper on and boil the kettle" grin .

HarrietSchulenberg Mon 15-Jun-15 20:05:46


indigoteeshirt Mon 15-Jun-15 20:15:28

Always appreciate a blunt response!

monumentalidiot Mon 15-Jun-15 20:21:15

Are you still cool now, even in this warmer weather or are you getting ready for winter?

What aspect does the room you live in/use most have? I know that some friends live at the back of their house as its the sun spot. are the sunniest rooms the most used rooms in your house?

Piglet john i think in the past has suggested rock wool or something - I COULD BE WRONG - under floor boards to exclude drafts.

Thermal curtain linings have been very helpful for us.

Now, even in the mid spring weather, i still need to wear a very thin thermal long sleeve vest while around the house in the mornings im at home while im waiting for the sun to warm up the house.

PigletJohn Mon 15-Jun-15 20:30:10

how old is the house, how big, how is it heated, when is it occupied.

Unless it is open plan, in which case all the heat will rush upstairs, keep the internal doors shut.

MrsFlorrick Mon 15-Jun-15 20:30:52

Single glazed windows? Un-insulated loft or roof space?

Those are big culprits.

RCheshire Mon 15-Jun-15 20:31:03

We have a very cold house.

Draft-proofing (external doors, windows, internal doors where appropriate, gaps between floorboards etc)
Insulation (loft, floors, walls) at least as far as you can
Heavy lined curtains
Thick carpets/underlay
CHS efficiency

Quite seriously - warmer clothing.

If you've done as much as you can, then are you running the most efficient heating/fuel you can?

prepperpig Mon 15-Jun-15 20:32:12

Our house is freezing in the summer since we had cavity wall insulation. Its odd to have to wear a jumper and thick socks when it's 28 degrees outside!

indigoteeshirt Mon 15-Jun-15 20:45:45

pepper : this our experience. there's such marked difference makes it very unpleasant and bonkers to need put a jumper on when coming into the housr

treesntrees Mon 15-Jun-15 21:22:19

I'm so glad it's not just me. My house is ten years old and East facing. It is open plan although a bit warmer since hanging a thick curtain at the bottom of the stairs. I am seriously thinking of installing a door at the bottom of the stairs and that will mean four doors plus double doors into the kitchen diner, all in a small lounge.

prepperpig Mon 15-Jun-15 22:52:24

I have found that the only solution in the summer is to get as much sunlight into the house as possible, have the windows open to let warmer air in and to wear my dressing gown over my clothes!!

Rosings25 Mon 15-Jun-15 23:32:44

It is summer I have a blanket over my knees, wearing two jumpers, leggings plus thick cotton joggers, the electric blanket is on and the heating has just gone off for the night. The garden sheds are warmer than the house. The two front rooms do get very warm during the summer as they have large bay windows but the heat disappears into the rest of the house which is currently sitting at 13degrees. I can not afford to heat this four bed roomed house.

I'm building a new two bed roomed house in place of the sheds. The architect expects the sun and air will heat the house ten months of the year and I will be warm!

indigoteeshirt sorry this is not a helpful post.

PigletJohn Tue 16-Jun-15 09:29:19

I wonder if cold air is blowing from a damp subfloor.

how old is the house? Does it have wooden floors with carpets?

Are you in Aberdeen?

QuinionsRainbow Tue 16-Jun-15 10:05:25

Looks like both OP and prepperpig have discovered a basic law of thermodynamics - insulation works both ways! If its colder outside it stops the heat getting out, BUT . . . if it's warmer outside it stops it getting in. Hence the need for vests and jumpers in summer.

WindMeUpAndLetMeGo Tue 16-Jun-15 10:07:53

My house is like this, but it's because the windows need replacing, you can feel the air coming through. How are your windows?

prepperpig Tue 16-Jun-15 10:26:25

It really isn't problems with floor, windows or anything like that in our case. Its literally that the insulation keeps the heat out in summer as well as keeping it in in winter. Its freezing in here today. I am sitting under the electric blanket.

indigoteeshirt Tue 16-Jun-15 15:24:19

quinions : quite right! simple but correct

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