Home insulation – 3 reasons to insulate your home

Home insulation Insulating your home is cost effective as it will not only lower your heating bills but will also ensure your home is in good condition, and in addition is comfortable and safe.

Obviously, the better insulated your home the less it will cost you to heat it and keep it warm during the cold winter months. Home insulation covers solid wall insulation, loft and roof insulation, draught proofing, floor insulation and cavity wall insulation. But the three main types are roof and loft and cavity wall insulation, which prevent heat escaping from your home.

Builder Guide has a number of qualified insulation contractors who will be able to carry out any of your insulation or outer wall work requirements.

If your property is well insulated it will have numerous benefits. Homeowners are becoming increasing energy conscious, particularly when it comes to adopting energy efficiency methods to lower energy consumption and cut energy bills. The main advantages to having a well insulated home include:

  • Installing insulation is one of the most cost-effective ways of keeping your heating bills low.
  • It will also help to reduce your household’s CO2 emissions.
  • Insulation will help to prevent heat escaping from a particular area, as heat will always pass from a warm area to a cold one, therefore helping to maintain a warm and comfortable home.

The colder it is outside the faster the heat will escape from your home without insulation. The insulation you have laid in your loft or injected into your cavity walls will create a blockade to stop the heat escaping out of the structure of your house. The material used has air pockets in it to trap the heat and contain it in your home. And the measurement of how much heat is trapped is called a U value.

Loft and cavity wall insulation is very cost effective

Loft insulation is effective for at least 40 years and the amount of energy you save by having to heat your house less means it’ll pay for itself in the long run.  And the less you have to heat your home the more you’re reducing your CO2 footprint.

An un-insulated home loses something like a third of its heat through the walls, says the Energy Saving Trust. There’s a very big market for cavity wall insulation because there’s a lot of homes out there with cavity walls. Houses built from 1920 onwards are likely to have cavity walls: basically external walls made up of two layers with a small gap or ‘cavity’ between them. To prevent heat escaping that cavity or gap needs to be filled with  insulating material. Cavity wall insulation is an effective way to cut energy bills and cutting household CO2 emissions.

Home insulation grants

There are subsidies available to assist homeowners with loft and cavity wall insulation, and in some cases (age dependent, in receipt of certain benefits, etc.) homeowners can benefit from free cavity wall insulation and loft insulation.

Under the Government’s Warm Front scheme, home insulation grants are currently available to all homeowners in England, and people who rent their property from a private landlord. Which means you can get loft and cavity wall insulation for your home at considerable reduced rates, if not free. For more information about the Government’s energy grants call 0800 316 2805 or visit the website directly.

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