When you look at home insulation make sure that there is still enough ventilation for gas fires, solid fuel fires and boilers with an open flue. Not enough ventilation can lead to problems with damp and condensation.
There are many different ways in which you can insulate you home, some of the are DIY projects and others are jobs which you will need to employ someone. One of the best things that you can do is to reduce the heat loss in your home is by fitting loft insulation.
Insulation - Windows and doors
Make sure that your windows and doors are well sealed. If you can feel a draft around windows and doors, you may need to fit a draft excluder (self-adhesive sealant strips and fitting brushes to doors and letter boxes).
Do it yourself video on how to fit draft excluders for windows and doors.
If there is a lot of heat loss then it may be worth look at replacing the windows or fitting secondary glazing.
Hot water cylinder jacket
One of the easiest and cost effective measures of insulation is to fit a hot water cylinder or tank jacket. If you have already got a jacket fitted check that it is at least 75mm thick and if not it may be worth replacing it.
A cheaper alternative is to use an old duvet that you no longer use.
Heat in the water is also lost through the pipes in the house. There are some simple moulded tubes which will fit around pipes and will reduce heat loss.
Cavity wall insulation
Cavity walls are at least 12 inches thick and have an inner and outer wall with a gap in the middle. To insulate the wall you need to pump special foam through small drilled holes in the outer wall to fill the cavity. It may save up to a third of your running costs. There are many companies that can fit Cavity wall insulation and the
Solid wall insulation
Older properties made out of solid walls are likely to lose more heat, it is possible to either insulate the inside or outside. To do the outside a layer of either cladding or render needs to be added between 50 and 100mm. To do the internal wall you can either use special laminated plasterboard or a dry lining.
Unfortunately, solid wall insulating is expensive and difficult to install.
In older houses with floor boards, you can lift the boards and lay fibre between the joists. You may also notice drafts coming in through the gap of the skirting board and the floor boards this can be filled using a sealant.
Return from Insulation to Home Energy Savings Page
|Did you know?|
Insulation in your home is important as it is estimated that the heat loss in your home could be up to 25% through the roof, up to 20% through windows and up to 33% through walls.