The biggest challenge that the owners of older properties face is trying to keep them warm through cold winters. You will find that even the most efficient of heating solutions is going to struggle if heat is able to escape through our walls or roof.
For this reason, investing in new insulation for your home is one of the most cost-effective things that you can do to improve your homes efficiency. In this article, we’re going to run through the different types of insulation available and highlight which might be appropriate for your home.
What Is Insulation?
Insulation takes many forms but it can best be described as any material that is designed to retain as much energy as possible. For any material to be a good insulator it needs to be able to reduce the passage or transfer of energy.
Heat rises which is why having an uninsulated roof space could be costing you hundreds of pounds a year in wasted energy. Installing new loft insulation is a great way to make your roof space much more efficient.
25% of the energy used to heat your home escapes through your roof which is why we recommend upgrading your insulation to a layer which is 300mm thick. Better yet, the installation is hassle free and you may even be eligible for a grant.
Cavity Wall Insulation
Our walls are another prime suspect in the battle for heat retention. The external wall structure on most modern properties will consist of two skins or layers with a gap in the middle. It is this gap which should be insulated to improve the u values of your walls and prevent energy loss.
If your cavity wall insulation is lacking, injectable foam insultation that can be inserted into your wall by making a small hole in the outer layer is usually the most effective way of retrofitting insulation. Not only will your home be easier to heat, you may benefit from;
- Reduced levels of condensation on the inside face of your walls due to them being warmer.
- Warmer walls lead to less favourable conditions for the formation of mould.
- If you’ve always suffered from the presence of damp, new wall insulation may assist.
And depending on where you are in the country, you may again be eligible for a grant or a rebate on the installation cost.
Under Floor Insulation
Even our floors need insulating. A lot of heat can be lost through your ground floor slab if there isn’t a sufficient layer of insulation present. You will also find that your underfloor heating installation won’t be as effective.
Find Your Nearest Energy Specialist
Retrospectively installing insulation doesn’t have to be expensive. There are several websites available which can even tell you if you may be able to apply for a funding grant. If you’re in Scotland, energy savings solutions in Glasgow can be procured from one of several specialists operating in the city. Simply head online and search for more information.
The quicker you address your insulation problem, the quicker you can begin to experience the benefits of a properly insulated home.