Remember that loft hatch…

80% of the properties that we survey do not have the loft hatch insulated. Heat from the hall, stairs and landing rises to this area and is lost into the roof space.

Even if you have insulated the rest of your loft space you could still improve your overall insulation levels by making sure your loft hatch is also insulated.

This can be done quite simply by gluing a thick piece of styrofoam or wool insulation to the back of the panel. Then use draught proofing strips, inexpensive rubber tubing that comes in a roll or straight strips, either fix these around the bottom lip of the hole or around the bottom of the hatch panel. If your hatch panel is quite light it might be too light to have a good seal. To make a better seal put a hook and eye on opposite sides of the hatch to hold it down tight.

Advice on heat loss avoidance in Belfast and throughout Northern Ireland is available by contacting Thermal Surveys Ni.