9% of Czech households suffer from severe winter indoors.
“Insufficient heat is of course a huge issue in the current energy crisis. It can therefore be expected that with high energy prices, the number of households for whom the low temperature in the apartment or house will be a big problem will also increase. Staying in a cold environment for a long time brings a number of health problems, for example it leads to cardiovascular diseases or frequent respiratory diseases,” says Velux architect Klára Bukolská.
According to the Healthy Home Barometer survey, Czech households like winter more than others in Europe. Seven percent of Europeans claim that their apartment is not heated enough, which means that the problem of winter at home affects 34 million Europeans.
A few small changes can save up to tens of thousands of crowns on consumption in the house
Although it may seem surprising, it actually makes sense that Mediterranean residents have a greater problem with the cold at home. In countries such as Portugal, Spain, Greece, Italy, Cyprus and Malta, where houses are built that are resistant to overheating in the summer, 11% of households feel cold at home.
Logically, in Scandinavia, where well-insulated and thoroughly insulated frost-resistant houses are built due to the principle of their geographical location, only 1% of households are now dealing with the problem of cold.
Seal and warm a cold household
It is good to take an example from the Nordic countries. After all, this is also recommended by heating experts, who warn against a hasty search for a new heat source and advise to start first by improving the thermal insulation properties of each house.
Above all, it means rigorous sealing of all places through which cold penetrates into the interior from the outside, if it is necessary to replace the windows and, without a doubt, proceed to insulate the perimeter walls and roof. These steps alone will significantly reduce energy consumption, so the family will be able to save a lot even without changing the heat source.
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“Insulating the entire house is time-consuming, but it is realistic to insulate the ceiling of the ground by this winter,” points out architect Tereza Vojancová from the company Ursa. The work can only take a few days and it is not construction-intensive.
“For example, with blown-in insulation, a 100 m² floor with a thickness of 40 cm can be insulated in one day, and the costs will be around CZK 66,000. The investment will pay back in heating savings in less than five years. With the upcoming New Green subsidy for Light savings, it is possible to reduce the return even further. By simply insulating the roof, you will reduce the heat loss of the entire house by 20%,” he adds.
In the future, it is good to consider thoroughly insulating the facade of the house. Its thickness plays a very important role. Many people want to save money when building their house or during its additional insulation, and therefore choose a thinner layer of insulation than is necessary. This will indeed reduce costs at the given moment, but in the long term such a step will make them uncomfortably expensive due to high payments for heating.
High-quality insulation will help save money on heating and cooling the home
How to do it
Due to the rise in energy prices, according to experts, the optimal insulation layer is up to 28 cm thick.
“In practice, however, we encounter the fact that the most used facade insulations on buildings are those with a thickness of 12 and 14 centimeters,” Vojancová states.
Subsidies can also help to save
The owner of the house does not have to be the only one to finance the insulation. He can help himself through state subsidies. The New Green Savings program is one of the most effective.
The Ministry of the Environment also offers an additional program for poorer households The new green savings Light intended precisely to finance the insulation of selected structures (e.g. attic or roof), or the replacement of windows and doors.
The total amount of the subsidy per object (family house or permanently occupied recreational building) can be up to 150,000 crowns.
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