Prior to deciding on which sort of heating system is the best fit for your hallway, it’s wise to identify the ways you can enhance the efficiency of the space initially, in terms of how it holds onto heat.
To do so, you should work to curtail draughts where possible, and make your space as air-tight as it can be. The weather stripping of doors and windows is a means for achieving this, along with plugging any gaps that could potentially cause draughts or enable the heat to leave the area.
It might be the case that your existing hallway radiator provides a strong enough heat output to keep the room warm. But without proper insulation, and the presence of gaps beneath doors and surrounding windows, it can be tough to create and maintain a comfortable temperature in the hall.
Furthermore, you might not have considered the role your attic insulation plays in all of this.
Should your staircase lead to a landing and an exposed ceiling at the pinnacle of the stairs, you really need to make attic insulation something of a priority.
In the aftermath of the necessary alterations to the door and window insulation, you might find that you’re still struggling to maintain a consistent level of warmth in your hallway. And if that is the case, it might well be that you require better insulation between the rafters in the attic.
There could be insulation already installed within the attic of course, but it might not be at an adequate level to properly complete the job.
Over the course of recent years, the recommended depth of attic insulation has adjusted. Especially if you own an older property, you need to complete a thorough check to ensure there is enough present.
Should you only be able to identify a meagre inch worth of insulation, it probably dates back some way, and you’d be better served to just remove it.
In truth, any insulation with a thickness of four inches or less is likely to be significantly old, so your best bet is to get shut of it and add some new insulation material instead.
However, you might find it tough to upgrade your insulation materials to the recommended depth, given that it is sold in different measurements nowadays. Namely, 3.9 inches and 6.7 inches respectively.
For a ‘cold attic’ insulation, the recommended depth of insulation materials would be 10.6 inches. Bear in mind that this accounts for a loft area that doesn’t actually form a room. It simply exists as a space above the house.
The 3.9-inch materials would be situated between the joists, with the heftier insulation designed to supplement that layer at right angles, bringing the total depth to the required 10.6 inches.
By installing fresh insulation, or updating your existing materials to bring them up to scratch with current standards, you can save a significant amount of money on long-term energy costs. Just how much you’ll save will depend on several factors, including the size and layout of your home. Additionally, your overall environmental impact can be altered as a result of improved insulation.