We know it’s summer and insulation may not seem like an important topic at the moment but really this is the perfect time to start planning so you can have your house winter ready and save on those heating bills this year. If you haven’t thought about insulation before you’ve come to the right place. We know it is a large investment to insulate your home but it is estimated to save you 35% on your energy bills and did you know insulation lasts 80-100 years? You will never have to do it again!
How do I know if my house needs to be insulated?
There is a very easy way to find out if your house needs insulation. If you touch any interior ceilings, walls or floors in your home they should feel warm and dry. On the flipside outside walls should be cold as all the heat is being kept inside. If inside your home feels damp or cold, this is a sign that there is not enough insulation.
5 Ways to Insulate Your Home:
Anywhere heat meets cold air in your home you are losing warmth and money. We have gathered a list of the 5 most common places this happens.
Roof and loft
Tanks, pipes and radiators
Are there different types of wall insulation?
Yes, depending on the type of walls you have there are different options. If you have cavity walls, which means two walls with a gap in the centre you can have your house insulated by having this gap injected with insulation. However, if you have solid walls, which is just one solid wall you can insulate your house on the outside or inside of the wall. Which walls you have depends on when the house was built, the older the house the more likely it is to have solid walls.
Interior vs Exterior Insulation
If you have solid walls you are faced with the decision of whether to get interior or exterior insulation. We recommend exterior insulation unless you are redecorating for three reasons.
There is no way to insulate under the plasterboard without ripping down what is already there unless you are gutting your house this is highly disruptive. Whereas with external insulation it actually allows you to upgrade the outside of your house and have it finished in whatever colour you like.
With external wall insulation, the thickness of the insulation is essentially unlimited, however, with interior insulation the more insulation you add the more space you lose from each room in your house.
Having a layer of insulation on top of the brick protects the brickwork and the wall’s ability to withstand the elements. It can also reduce the level of noise that you can hear from outside such as busy roads.
The days are long and warm but this is the time to start thinking about insulating your home. This is a helpful guide for starting but if you have any more questions about insulating your home give us a call on (01) 288 6993, our team are always on hand to help!