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Insulating Your Home

Autor: | Freitag, 7. Oktober 2011 | Kommentare

As cooler weather approaches, it’s time to start thinking about how to stay warm without breaking the bank. Here’s a short overview of insulation options to keep your home cosy.

Roof/Loft Insulation:
According to the Energy Saving Trust, in an un-insulated home, a quarter of the home’s heat is lost through the roof. You can remedy this with roof or loft insulation. There are a number of factors to consider, such as the pitch of your roof, or ease-of-access to the loft – but in most cases, roof/loft insulation is a cheap and simple heat-retaining solution.

Wall Insulation (Cavity or Solid):
Your home can also lose heat through the walls. The solution to this depends on which type of walls your home has: cavity, solid or some other material (concrete or steel, for example).

Cavity walls are made of two layers with a gap, or cavity in the middle. Filling this gap can be highly effective in preserving heat in the home. Note that unlike loft insulation, this is not a DIY task. You will need a certified installer.

Unlike cavity walls, solid walls have no gap, and thus allow more heat to escape. You can, however, have solid walls insulated inside or out. This will also need to be undertaken by a professional.

Floor Insulation:
Another heat-saving option is to install floor insulation. It’s a relatively easy task and is quite cost-effective to undertake.

Windows and Draught-proofing:
One of the easiest and cheapest ways to stop heat escaping is to draught-proof your home. The most common places heat is lost is through chimneys, letterboxes and of course, around doors and windows. If you’re losing a considerable amount of heat through your windows, you may want to consider replacing them with newer, energy-efficient ones. If this is not an option for you, you might also consider double-glazing.

The Energy Saving Trust is a great place to learn more about the various insulation options and which may be best for your home. In all cases, be sure to check with your planning council before undertaking any changes to your property!


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