Can you see whats wrong with this Portuguese house?
Even in a modern built apartment or house once the weather turns cold it can feel glacial and impossible to keep warm.
Of course there is also the inverse of the cold situation when it is hot outside this house will retain heat and be like living in an oven.
Take this Portuguese house marked with an arrow. The houses reinforced concrete framework showing through the paint with the brick curtain walls between the frame work is a definite demonstration of a home that has no insulation in the walls and probably the roof as well.
Poor insulation, if there is any, badly fitting windows and doors, large open kitchen chimneys all play a part in providing a bleak, chilled place to live.
Usually the interior heating system is aimed at providing hot water for bathing not sized correctly for running all the radiators at once.
They are rarely appropriate for getting the living space snug and warm.
You will probably have an open fireplace even 6 floors up in an apartment block which will transport masses of your warm air straight up the chimney and outside.
Instead of buying multiple oil filled radiators or bottled gas stoves you should be tackling the problem for the long term with secondary insulation.
Its widely available and cheap.
The issues are of course knowing what should be insulated and what materials you should use.
Castelo Construction can help you transform your old stone house or new apartment into a happy, healthy, snug HOME email firstname.lastname@example.org