Conserve Energy in Victorian Houses

  • Bonnie Spindler
  • 12/10/15
You’ve Invested in a Beautiful, Historically Designed Home That Will Wow Your Friends and Family. With This New Property, You’ll Also Be Responsible for Its Upkeep and Long-term Maintenance.

4 Energy Saving Tips for Owners of Victorian Houses

While there is certainly an unmeasurable amount of aesthetic appeal to victorian houses, many of them weren’t built with the same efficiency of modern homes, especially when it comes to energy saving features. Here are a few tips that can help historical homeowners save money on their energy bills in the long run.

Have a Professional Energy Audit Your Home

At first glance, this might seem obvious and possibly unnecessary. However, if you’re really looking to make a change, an energy audit by a licensed professional will provide a comprehensive assessment of your home. On top of this, they’ll give you a proper roadmap and recommendations outside of obvious tips such as ‘get better insulation’. Using a series of tests and inspections, you will find out what areas of your home have the most potential energy saving improvements.

Manage Chimney Air Infiltration

Depending on the type of climate you live in, the placement of your home’s chimney can vary. Most houses in temperate climates should have a chimney built outside the walls to avoid heating the interior too much while those in places with colder winters will have them closer to the center of a home in order to let heat radiate. In either case, chimneys can be an airflow sieve, letting unwanted drafts in or allowing heat to escape. Over time, old chimney vents, especially metal ones, can corrode or become warped. Whether your fireplace is merely decorative or you use it in any capacity, chimney balloons are a cost effective and easy to use tool that will prevent unwanted airflow in and out of your victorian home. These can be easily installed and removed, are completely hidden from view and will help maximize your home’s energy saving capabilities.

Explore Insulation Options

Period properties can be unique in their construction, and while some areas of the home might be more modernized, others can be out of date, especially in regards to insulation. The addition of insulation is usually one of the best ways to save energy on a big scale. Since insulation might not have been part of the original build, introducing it to the architecture should be done with careful planning and preparation. Some of the best available areas in victorian houses to add installation include (if applicable): around heating and cooling ducts, crawl spaces, the attic, and near water pipes. Those spots are great low-risk, high-benefit options when it comes to insulation installation.

Evaluate Your Window Situation

Windows are without a doubt one of the most recognizable features in victorian houses. However, studies have shown that they can cause up to 15% of energy loss in a home, and make up approximately 25% of your heating bill due to escaping heat. That being said, there are a lot of options available to homeowners in this situation. Simply replacing the windows isn’t always necessary, as a professional or homeowner can add weather stripping to a sash, or simply caulk the interior around windows to prevent additional air leaks.
There are certainly other options out there when it comes to making your victorian house more efficient. Whether you’re in the market for a new home, or looking to sell your house, don’t hesitate to Contact me to discuss your options!

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