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 cavity wall insulation, solid wall insulation, roof and loft insulation, draught proofing and floor insulation. But the three main types are roof, loft and cavity wall insulation – which all 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:
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 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.
According to the Energy Saving Trust, an un-insulated home loses around a third of its heat through the walls. So it comes as no surprise that there is a huge market for cavity wall insulation for all homes that are applicable.
If you live in a house built after 1920, there’s a good chance you have cavity walls. These are external walls made up of two layers with a small gap or ‘cavity’ between them. So cavity wall insulation means filling that cavity with insulating material to prevent heat escaping from your home.
Just like loft insulation, cavity wall insulation is an effective way of cutting the cost of your heating bills and reducing your CO2 emissions by keeping the heat your home generates inside rather than letting it easily escape.
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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