"‘Definitely Money Well Spent’
We spent 5 weeks over Christmas and New Year in our bungalow in Anarita and are absolutely delighted with the effect of the newly installed insulation.
If you are considering insulating your property, you may like to know why we arrived at the decision to insulate and whether it was worth doing.
We bought our pre owned 4 bedroom bungalow in Anarita at the end of 2015 and spent a week in December clearing and cleaning it. The weather didn’t get above 15 degrees C during the day and the bungalow was colder inside than outside, without a proper heating system. This is a common complaint in Cyprus. We didn’t stay overnight on that trip!
Our first decision was to install an 8kwh log burning stove. This was fitted in March 2016 and produces a lot of heat and is a joy to watch. Whilst sitting by the fire was comfortable, our lounge diner and kitchen is very large and the fire creates cold drafts. The bedrooms and bathrooms were still cold.
Our second decision was to investigate combining wall insulation with a central heating system. We approached several local builders who would offer to install insulation but did not inspire confidence. In fact we felt they were going to practise on our bungalow.
Renovation Group provided in depth technical expertise and a proven insulation/waterproofing system supplied by a well known international chemical and building products manufacturer. This system provides a final waterproof and decorative acrylic Graffiato finish. Our bungalow had 20 years worth of layers of peeling paint which would have cost a lot of money to prepare and repaint every few years.
We decided to insulate the outside of all external walls and the roof and this work was completed in March 2018. Although we couldn’t experience the heat retention effect through the summer, we did notice that the bungalow remained cooler. The external finish has also transformed the external appearance and done away with the need to repaint.
Although Renovation Group couldn’t help with central heating, they needed to be involved.
Unless your property has provision (water pipes in the walls) for central heating, pipework is installed on the outside of the walls. This means that pipework must be installed before the insulation panels. As a matter of interest we costed a gas boiler and hot water radiator central heating system against a photovoltaic panel electricity generating system together with modern economic electric panel radiators in each room. The PV system was cheaper and was installed in May 2018.
We arrived on 12th December 2018. There had been some rain but the weather was good, up to 20 degrees C during the day and 12 to 15 overnight. When the sun set we lit the log fire and turned on the radiators. Overkill! After 3 hours the ‘cool’ end of our lounge/diner was 26 degrees. Much too hot and we turned off the heating for the rest of the night. In the morning it was 21 degrees in the lounge and 13 degrees outside. We didn’t light the log fire again, using only the radiators, until Christmas night when we lit it for appearance. The lounge stayed at around 21 degrees during the day and 22 - 23 in the evening.
The weather changed on Christmas day with monsoon rain and a drop in temperature. It was mainly no warmer than 15 degrees during most days. The coldest day was 7.5 degrees, when we had hail and most overnights were 10 degrees or lower. After the coldest night our lounge was still 19 degrees in the morning, always having turned off the heat an hour before bed. On a couple of occasions we did turn on the heat during the afternoon.
One morning I spoke to Charles (Installations Manager at Renovation Group) and remarked that I had showered that morning and had been walking around in underwear. He said he was bl***y freezing! Definitely not something we could have done last winter and definitely money well spent.
We left Anarita to return to UK on 19th January 2019, so with 5 weeks experience we can definitely recommend insulating your property and can highly recommend Charles and the Renovations Group team.
Brett & Janet Gardner
Anarita Jan 2019"