Before going outside on a cold winter’s day, we like to wrap ourselves in plenty of layers to stay warm – our homes are no different.
Insulation is the most effective way to improve your house’s efficiency. By preventing the natural movement of heat, insulation cuts the cost of heating your home, and can go a long way to improve comfort, health and happiness.
“Cold homes are a bigger killer across the UK than road accidents, drug abuse or alcohol abuse.”
– Maria Wardrove (the National Energy Action)
The UK’s housing stock is regarded as one of the most energy inefficient in Europe*. Whilst fuel is relatively cheap, we’re paying through the nose on heating bills because of these poorly insulated homes. Fortunately, home insulation need not be an expensive nor an extreme measure to take, yet it comes with a surprising number of benefits.
Advantages of home insulation
- Less heating required to warm your house
- Proper insulation can cut heating bills by over 50%
- Reduces the risk of health issues
- Boosts the efficiency of central heating systems (e.g. heat pumps)
- Adds value to your property
- Some types of insulation can last 40+ years
- Can improve sound proofing in your home
- Grants for free insulation are available to the most vulnerable (Energy Company Obligation).
What can I insulate?
The first step is to assess how insulated your home is to find out what needs insulating. Conventional wisdom states:
35% of heat escapes through the walls,
25% of heat escapes through the roof,
15% of heat escapes through the floors, and
10% of heat escapes through the windows and doors.
There are many types of insulation materials to prevent heat loss in every area of your house. Some are cheap and easy to install, others are more expensive but have better insulating properties. There are also several eco-friendly insulation materials available, such as blown cellulose and sheep’s wool.
If you’re looking for a quick fix to rising energy bills, reducing carbon emissions, or to simply make your home that little bit cosier, insulation is the answer.
*Sourced from the Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE).