Insulating Your Home
There are so many reasons to insulate your home but primarily, you really want to achieve the maximum energy efficiency that you can. This means keeping your home warm in Winter and cool in Summer, whilst ensuring that your energy bills are as low as possible.
You don’t want to waste money by allowing heat to escape your home through poorly insulated surfaces, costing you hundreds of dollars in unnecessary bills.
Where To Insulate
Many people wrongly presume that insulation is only necessary in the roof of a home. It’s true that this is where the biggest heat loss often occurs, however surfaces such as floors and walls are also susceptible to heat loss and can be insulated to achieve immediate results.
Insulating underfloor and walls can help to reduce energy waste dramatically.
Check the R Value
This is the unit that insulation is measured in. You want to always ensure that you have insulation with the highest R value possible. This will result in your walls and floors resisting the transfer of heat most effectively.
When looking at insulation product options, the R value is one of the key things which should influence your decision.
It can be overwhelming when you start to explore the range of insulation materials on offer as there’s a huge variety. However, generally the four types you’ll want to consider are:
- Loose Fill
- Rigid Foam Boards
The type of option you go for will depend on factors such as your environmental stance, the location and structure of your home, and the budget you’re able to allocate to insulating the property.
Things To Consider
If you’re unclear on anything, always seek expert advice to ensure you get the correct underfloor and wall insulation for you and your property. Think about where your home is, which rooms you use most and the climate outside and whether it changes regularly throughout the year.
Ventilation goes hand in hand with insulation so you’ll want to ensure you choose an option that won’t retain too much moisture and create longer term issues such as damp.