Home Insulation Benefits From Winter To Summer 

Home insulation, whether it’s in the walls, the roof or the loft, is an effective and simple method to manage the energy efficiency of your home. From keeping heat in during cold winter months to managing temperatures in summer.There are benefits to be had from the installation of home insulation throughout the year.

Preventing heat loss in winter

One of the most important benefits of home insulation for houses, particularly homes in the cold British weather, is its role in preventing heat loss. As our homes stand brave in heavy rain, wind and often snow, it can be hard to keep the living environment warm and cosy. You and your family will notice a significant change in the heating of your home with the installation of modern insulation. From the walls to the roof, the insulation acts as a barrier for preventing heat from leaving the home but also preventing draughts and cold air from the outside from entering through small gaps in the brickwork or the roof.

The role of insulation in summer

In the summertime, insulation continues to provide benefits in your home. On exceptionally hot days, the sun will be heating the structure of your home. The role of insulation in this situation is to manage the transfer of heat, helping to reduce the effects the sun will be having on the walls and roof of the property. This is particularly important for loft rooms and attic bedrooms which are commonly very hot in summer and cold in winter. With proper room-in-roof insulation, these rooms will be a much more comfortable temperature year round. 

The only consideration to bear in mind when insulating a home is to make sure that the property is well ventilated. If your home feels too hot in summer, this is likely due to poor ventilation systems, rather than your insulation. There are several ways to keep your house cool on hot summer days including:

  • Creating shade
  • Getting the right air flow 
  • Optimise the use of foliage and natural solutions for creating a barrier to sunlight

Should you upgrade your home insulation?

If you already have insulation measures fitted in your home but are concerned about their effectiveness, there are some clear signs to look out for that may indicate it is time for an upgrade. 

These signs indicate that the insulation is perhaps too old or is not the right type for your property. Look out for the below: 

  • Issues in maintaining a consistent temperature within the home 
  • Your energy bills are skyrocketing, indicating a change in your energy consumption 
  • Water damage in areas where insulation is installed
  • Noticeable draughts without an obvious source 
  • Problems with condensation in the home 
  • Pests making nests in areas they shouldn’t be able to reach

Changes to your EPC rating

Properties with poor EPC ratings such as E, F or even G will immediately benefit from the installation of home insulation. As a measure for improving the EPC rating of the property, not only will insulation improve the home’s energy performance, helping to reduce energy costs, but the value of the property, too, may be positively impacted. 

By 2025, it is the UK government’s goal for every property in the country to have an EPC rating of at least a C. So, if you are aware that your EPC rating is too low, now is the ideal time to make upgrades and consider proven insulation measures for your home. 
In order to support the government’s initiative, the ECO 4 Scheme is available to those households who qualify. The scheme sees eligible households receive either discounted or free home insulation as well as other measures to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. To find out more about the scheme and to discover your eligibility, get in touch with our team today.

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