The weather lately has been colder than normal, especially for the South West, where the climate is normally quite mild. In the light of that, we thought we would write a short post on the subject of insulation and how to keep the cold out of your house and the warmth in!
There are four main types of insulation in the home, which reflect the three sources of the greatest heat loss. There are the windows, the roof and the walls.
A considerable amount of heat is lost through the frames of the windows. Older, wooden frames are inefficient when it comes to energy preservation and the installation of new, double glazed windows (and doors) will go a long way towards reducing heat loss and cutting energy bills. It will also be an effective way of reducing noise pollution into your home.
Everyone knows that heat rises. It is natural, then, that a lot of heat is lost through the highest point of any house; the roof. The insulation of a loft is one of the quickest and cheapest way of conserving heat. The cost to savings ratio can be dramatic, meaning that the insulation of a loft is really a no-brainer!
There are two types of wall insulation. The first of these is the most common for more modern properties, which have a cavity between two rows of wall, whilst the second is for the harder to treat solid wall houses.
Cavity Wall Insulation
In simple terms, cavity wall insulation is where an porous insulating material is injected into the air space between the two walls of the house. This is another quick, easy and relatively cheap way of reducing heat loss.
Solid Wall Insulation
Older properties tend not to have cavity walls, so they are tougher and more expensive to insulate. Solid walls can be insulated either externally or internally.
Internal Wall Insulation
There are two basic types of internal wall insulation. The wall is insulated through the use of either rigid insulation boards or a stud wall. The boards and the stud wall contain (different) insulating materials. This type of insulation can reduce the internal room space quite dramatically, especially if the walls are uneven to begin with. However, for certain properties, such as listed buildings, it is the only type of solid wall insulation that is likely to be permitted.
External Wall Insulation
This type of insulation involves the removal of the existing wall covering, if any and replacing it with a render that has particular insulating properties. It is a major piece of external renovation that is likely to be the most expensive of all types of insulation but, if the property is in a dilapidated state, it can add a great deal to its external appearance, especially if he work is undertaken by a company offering specialist external rendering services.
Whatever type of insulation you are considering, you can be sure that it will result in warmer house and lower bills. You will also be contributing to the future of the plant by reducing your personal carbon emissions.
For all of those reasons, insulating your home is a great part of your property renovation.