Insulating your home can save you hundreds of dollars in energy bills, as well as helping to reduce your property’s carbon footprint. It’s really important to insulate your home correctly to ensure that the money that you spend and the materials you use are providing maximum efficiency.
The hot spots
When it comes to insulating your home for maximum efficiency, you need to consider where the hot spots are that heat can be lost from.
To make a home energy efficient all year round, here are our top 3 places to focus on:
- The roof:
Did you know that around 25% of a home’s heat can be lost through an uninsulated roof? Badly insulated roofs also lead to excess heat in the summer months as cool air is lost and the loft or attic becomes extremely hot.
When it comes to insulating a roof, you need to make sure that you use high quality materials. There are several options for loft insulation including:
- Batt or blanket insulation
- Loose fill ceiling insulation
- Sheet ceiling insulation
- Blown fibre ceiling insulation
Avoid any materials that absorb moisture. This can lead to further problems such as damp and mould which will create issues for your home long term.
Make sure you have your ceiling insulation installed by a reputable installer who you trust. Poor workmanship can often lead to issues with insulation further down the line which can be expensive to repair.
- External walls and cavity walls:
Can you believe that one third of heat from uninsulated homes escapes through the walls? Don’t be fooled if your home is modern or newly built – even walls that are sold as ‘insulated’ may in fact have inferior materials which shrink and drop over time, leaving your home exposed to cold spots.
Good quality and well installed cavity wall insulation can stop heat from escaping through walls and helps to store warmth. If you use a spray foam insulation you can expect to stop up to 98% of the heat from being lost.
You can save hundreds of dollars a year by insulating floor boards, especially those on the ground floor. Have a think especially about insulating the floors of rooms above unheated spaces such as garages or porches – you could be losing a lot of heat here.
By insulating floors you may also find a reduction in draughts as you seal up the gaps between floor boards and skirting boards. The type of insulation you’ll need will depend on the type of floors that you have so always ask for expert help when you’re making your decision on floor insulation.
Enjoying an insulated home
An insulated home is a pleasant environment to be in whatever the weather. You’ll enjoy cooler temperatures in hot summers and cosy evenings in the midst of winter. This is in addition to seeing your energy costs reducing and your overall efficiency massively improving.
Insulation has many other benefits – from reducing noise pollution to reducing the number of airborne pollutants – so make sure you insulate your home for maximum efficiency today.
Contact us today to hear about the wide range of thermal and acoustic insulation products to suit both residential and commercial applications including Acoustic Batts, Ceiling Batts, Floor Insulation, Polyester Batts, Wall Batts and Building Wrap.