There’s no doubt about it, home insulation is a vital component of any property. It helps to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, saving you money on your energy bills in the process. In this blog post, we will take a look at some of the key considerations when installing home insulation in the UK. We will also discuss the different types of insulation available, so you can make an informed decision about which type is best for your property.
What is home insulation and why do you need it?
Home insulation prevents heat from escaping from your home. It is usually made from wool, cotton, glass fibre or mineral wool and is installed in walls, ceilings and floors. Insulation helps to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, by trapping heat inside your property. This can help you save money on your energy bills, as you won’t need to use as much additional heating to maintain a comfortable temperature.
The different types of insulation available
There are a few different types of insulation available on the market, so it’s important to do your research and make a decision based on your specific needs.
There are many factors you need to consider when choosing the right type of insulation for your home. The most important thing is to choose an insulation measure that will suit your specific needs. The most common parts of your home to insulate are:
Walls – If you have solid walls you can opt for either internal or external wall insulation. Alternatively, If you have uninsulated cavity walls, then cavity wall insulation would be most suitable.
Ceilings – You can either insulate your loft or ceiling, depending on which is more accessible. Flat roof insulation is also available for homes with a flat roof.
Floors – If you have a suspended floor then you will need to insulate between the joists.
You also need to consider the type of insulation, as there are many different types available on the market.
The most common types of insulation used in the UK are:
- Loose fill insulation: This is usually made from cellulose fibre or rock wool and is blown into cavities in your walls, ceilings or floors. It’s ideal for properties with difficult to reach spaces, as it can be easily installed without the need for disruption.
- Fibreglass insulation: This is one of the most popular types of insulation and is made from glass fibres. It’s available in rolls or blankets and can be used in a variety of applications including walls, ceilings and floors.
- Spray foam insulation: This is a relatively new type of insulation that’s made from polyurethane. It’s sprayed onto surfaces and expands to create a seal that prevents heat loss.
There are many benefits to insulating your home, the big one being a reduction in your energy bills (as it reduces the need for energy consumption).
How to choose the right installer for your home
The most important thing to consider when choosing an installer is whether they are registered with a professional body.
If they are, this means that they have been assessed by an independent organisation and deemed to be competent to install insulation in your home. If the installer is registered it means you’ll also have added peace of mind if there are any issues (as you can seek assistance from the independent body).
We are registered with KIWA and only use approved materials (see https://www.kiwa.com/en/), so you can be confident that you’re in safe hands.
We also offer a free home assessment to ensure that we recommend the best type of insulation for your property.
Costs and benefits of insulating your home
One of the major benefits of insulating your home is lower energy bills, as insulation prevents warm air from escaping through the floor, walls or roof. In fact, you could save a significant amount on your energy bills by insulating your home correctly.
Insulation also helps to protect your home from the weather and can add value to your property if you ever decide to sell. The cost of installing insulation will vary depending on the size of your home and the type of insulation you choose, but it is generally an affordable way to make your home more energy efficient.
If you would like more information about home insulation or are considering having it installed in your home, please get it touch.
Examples of energy savings for properties
There is a significant amount of money to be saved on your energy bills by insulating your home correctly. An uninsulated house will lose heat through the walls, roof and floor. Insulating your home will help to keep the heat in, which means you won’t have to pay as much on your energy bills.
Here are some estimated energy savings from The Energy Saving Trust. It is worth noting that these figures are pre-energy price hikes, and The Energy Savings Trust estimate that energy bills will increase by 50%.
These are only estimates though and will differ from home to home. In addition to cost savings there are other benefits too, such as feeling warmer in winter and reducing your carbon footprint.
How to get a free quote for home insulation
If you are looking for an indication of the costs involved in installing insulation you can get rough estimates from the Energy Saving Trust, as they have average figures for varying property types. To get an accurate quotation you should contact registered insulation installers such us ourselves at Eco Providers. Don’t forget to ask what accreditations the installer has before you sign on the dotted line as you don’t want to end up with an inexperienced installer.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I make an old house more energy efficient?
The most cost effective way to make an old house more energy efficient is to install or renew insulation in the roof, walls and floor. We also recommend ensuring that the property is draught proofed so that warm air doesn’t escape through windows and doors.
How much money can I save with home insulation?
The amount of money you can save with home insulation depends on the type of property, the level of insulation installed, and your energy usage.
What are the benefits of home insulation?
There are many benefits of home insulation, some of which are listed below:
- It can save you money on your energy bills
- It can make your home more comfortable to live in
- It can help to protect your property from cold weather
What are the downsides of insulation?
One downside of insulation is that it can be expensive to install. However, there are a number of government schemes available which can help to offset the cost. Another downside can be issues relating to the property if the insulation isn’t installed properly. You can avoid that issue by ensuring you use a registered installer like us at Eco Providers.
What should I do if I want to insulate my home?
If you are interested in insulating your home, the best thing to do is to speak to an insulation expert. They will be able to advise you on the best type of insulation for your property, and they can also help you to apply for any government schemes which may be available.
What is the energy bill cap?
The energy bill cap came into force on 1 April and it increases the maximum amount that you will have to pay for your energy bills. The energy bill cap increases the maximum cap from £1277 to £1971 per year, which is an increase of £693 or 54 per cent.
Home insulation is an important part of keeping your home warm and energy efficient all year round. There are a variety of different types of insulation available, so it’s important to choose the right one for your needs. Costs and benefits vary depending on the type of insulation you choose, but in most cases, insulating your home will save you money in the long run. We can help you find the best type of insulation for your home and give you a free quote for installation.