I hope this insulation guide will give you all the information you need when deciding to insulate your home. I will focus on wall and loft insulation as these can really cut down your energy bills.
My hope is that by the end of this simple insulation guide you will have made the decision to insulate your home.
Wall insulation guide:
Installing a wall cavity simply means, filling the gap between the inner and outer skins of your home. Loose insulation is then blown into this cavity. It’s usually glass wool that fills the hole.
Cavity wall insulation can save you a lot on your bills (up to £110 a year for some) and helps stop heat escaping through your walls.
The biggest piece of advice I can give you in this insulation guide is to learn about the Green Deal. It is a new government scheme that covers wall and loft insulation (as well as a range of other energy saving technologies).
You can have insulation installed in your home with no upfront costs. You are essentially given a loan that you repay back cost of installation on you energy bills.
However, you will never be charged more than what you save on your energy bills from having the insulation installed. The loan is tied to the house, not the owner so if you decide to move you are not bound to repayments.
I really recommend you take a look and see the scheme is right for you.
Loft insulation guide:
The best way to think about wall insulation is that it is kind of a blanket for your home. It traps heat inside your house and stops it rising and escaping through your roof.
In summer it reverses the process and prevents heat building in your loft filtering down into the rest of your house. Most estimates say you loose around 25% of your heat through the roof (without loft insulation).
The most effective way to trap this heat is through loft insulation. It is also easy to fit. If don’t go down the Green Deal route you can pay off loft insulation fairly quickly. Say your loft has 270mm of insulation you can save about £150 a year on your heating bills (1.5 tonnes of CO2 emissions). Loft insulation is that effective.
Types of insulation guide:
Insulation comes in a range of materials. Naturally some are better than others and you should consider which is best for you.
Cellulose fibre – is made from shredded newspapers. Besides being environmentally friendly it is safe to handle and isn’t an irritant.
Foamed plastic – although this material is lightweight and easy to handle it can be dangerous if a fire was to break out.
Glass mineral wool – is a great choice for your home. It is made from sand and recycled glass (eco-friendly). More importantly it is non-combustible. That makes it far safer than foamed plastic.
Rock mineral wool – is actually made from volcanic rock and is often used in flat roof insulation.
I hope this insulation guide has given you more of an idea of how you can keep your home warm. If you take just one thing from this insulation guide that would be insulation saves you money in the long-term. Use the Green Deal and insulate your home. You will benefit down the line.tagscavitygreen dealInsulationloft insulationwall and loftwall insulation