Rising costs of living are forcing people to start thinking and planning towards reducing expenses such as the costs involved in heating your home. Heating your home and in turn heating your water can result in very high energy bills for any householder. Finding ways to reduce this type of monthly expenditure can be a difficult task but one definite way to achieve reductions in your heating costs is to concentrate on insulating your home well. You should employ the services of an expert in order to assess your insulation requirements. While there will be initial costs involved in these measures; in the long run it definitely makes good financial sense to invest in insulation.
Benefits of good home insulation:
Home insulation will make your home more comfortable to live in. An insulated ceiling protects against high temperatures in summer and cold temperatures in winter making your home more comfortable throughout. Under floor insulation will keep your floors warmer during winter while wall and ceiling insulation will help prevent drafts in your home.
2. Noise Reduction
Home insulation reduces noise in your living environment. Insulation helps to dull outside noise and noise between rooms. Without insulation, external noise can easily be transmitted through walls and ceilings to the inside of your home. Additionally, noise generated from within your home can be transmitted through internal walls, and even floors, to adjacent rooms. When the sound waves encounter the insulation they are partially deflected by the density of the product and partially absorbed due to the millions of interconnecting air pockets.
3. Energy Costs Savings
By installing insulation, you are helping to protect our environment while also making significant cost savings on your electricity bill. That means you can run the air-conditioning or heating far less; reducing heating and cooling energy bills.
There are different types of insulation that should be considered:
- Cavity Wall Insulation
A cavity wall is a wall formed from two thicknesses of masonry with a space between them. Cavity wall insulation is used to reduce heat loss through a cavity wall by filling the air space with a porous material. This immobilises the air within the cavity (air is still the actual insulator), preventing convection, and can substantially reduce space heating costs.
- Loft Insulation
Loft insulation is any kind of insulation that is installed in the loft of a building to help prevent the escape of heat through the roof. It’s typically laid down as rolls of mineral wool.
- Solid Wall Insulation
Solid Wall insulation typically comprises solid pieces of foam that are inserted in to the cavity between the inner and external brickwork.
- Floor Insulation
Floor insulation is quite simply insulation which is installed in a floor. Numerous materials can be used in floor insulation, including layered materials such as reflective foil to bounce heat back into a home, backed with fibreglass insulation to keep the floor insulated from temperature exchanges.