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Warmer in the Winter, Cooler in the Summer

Heating and cooling accounts for up to 50-70 percent of the energy used in an average home.  Installing Insulation in your house is the most practical and cost effective way of making your home more energy efficient keeping it warmer in winter and cooler in summer and can save up to 50% on your energy bill.  In addition Insulation can also reduce condensation in your home and some types of insulation can make your home more soundproof.  A well insulated house is very energy efficient and will need very little additional heating and cooling. Naturally air flows from a warm area to a cooler one.  Insulation works by limiting air movement and the still air inside the insulation helps to prevent heat from escaping. Bulk insulation which acts as a barrier to heat flow between your house and the outside, keeping heat out in the summer and in your home in the winter.  It comes in rolls, boards and batts and can be made of glass wool, polyester, natural wool or recycled paper. Reflective insulation is usually used in houses in hot climates and deflects radiant heat.  It’s usually shiny aluminium foil laminated onto paper or plastic.

Poor Insulation & You

Poor insulation in your home can lead to a range of problems. A lot of these problems can be detrimental to not only your property’s structure, but your health. It’s a well-known fact that cold homes are unhealthy homes. If a house is cold over extended periods, condensation, damp and mould may begin to develop. This can result in an increased frequency of colds, flus, other respiratory infections, circulatory problems, diabetes and even arthritis. This then leads to an increased number of visits to doctors and therefore an increased use of pharmaceutical treatments. Some of these conditions can lead to more severe illnesses like asthma and pneumonia. Bad insulation is documented to compromise people’s health. Good insulation provides comfort, provides a level of protection to illness, and improves household energy efficiency. The health benefits, especially for those with respiratory conditions, is indisputable. Those with existing health conditions are especially vulnerable to the cold. Besides just poor physical health initally, cold-related illness can cause absence from work, isolation, and sleep deprivation. It may lead to mental health problems, which can have a negative chain reaction on people around you.


The Insulation Investment


An EPC also includes information on what the energy efficiency rating could be if you made the recommended improvements and highlights cost effective ways to achieve a better rating. Even if you rent your home, you could still implement some improvements noted on the EPC, such as switching to more energy efficient light bulbs. Energy Performance Certificates were introduced in England and Wales in 2007 and are a legal requirement for a building to be sold, let or constructed. Once obtained, an EPC is valid for 10 years. New insulation, or insulation corrections can instantly improve the efficiency of your homes energy usage, and can save you money, potentially decreasing your spending standard.


While in most cases there is an upfront cost for insulation, the payback period can be relatively short. Most homeowners will notice a decrease in energy bills straight away. Insulation keeps the indoor temperature consistent throughout the year, whether you’re heating the indoor space during the winter, or cooling the air during the summer. As heat takes longer to transfer through insulation, your heating system won’t need to work as hard or as often to maintain the temperature. This means you’ll use less energy to reach the desired indoor temperature even on really cold days. At the end of the month when you receive your energy bills, you’ should notice a decrease in the amount you need to spend to keep warm and comfortable. The money you save on your utility bills will eventually offset the cost of insulation, in most cases in a relatively short period of time. However, you can’t place a price on you and your family’s health.


An uninsulated or poorly insulated home is at risk of damage from moisture and condensation. When the surface temperature of a wall or roof (or really any surface) reaches or dips below the dew point of the air, condensation will form. Condensation may form on the surface, or it may form inside of the building component itself, also known as interstitial condensation. This type of condensation is hard to detect as it occurs inside of the wall, roof or floor, and may not present any symptoms at the surface level for a long period of time. Any form of condensation runs the risk of causing permanent damage to the structure of a home. Condensation may cause mould growth, leading to respiratory problems and poor indoor air quality, or it may lead to rot which can affect the structural integrity of the home itself. Condensation, whether surface or interstitial, should be avoided when at all possible.

Be More Green

Trying to become more eco friendly can be likened to the process of losing weight because most of it is down to habit and mindset. That’s why, when setting environmental targets, it’s easier to view the changes you make to get there as being permanent. This puts into perspective what is manageable and what, for the time being, is going to be a little more difficult. Towards the end of 2020, the government announced an extension to the Green Homes Grant. This scheme allows property owners to apply for a grant to make energy efficiency improvements to their properties. The scheme funds up to two thirds of the improvement costs, up to the value of £5,000 per household. Homeowners and landlords have until 31st March 2022 to get their upgrades completed. The renovations undertaken under this scheme must increase the energy efficiency of the property. For example, a few qualifying green home improvements include insulation, heating, draught-proofing and double and triple glazing. In addition, renewable energy features, like heat pumps and solar panels, are also eligible upgrades. Your heating is one of the biggest ways that you use energy. And it can be very easy, especially during the winter months, to leave your heating on for longer than you strictly need it. This can lead to a lot of both wasted energy and wasted money. The best way to combat this is to have a smart meter installed. Solar panels are an essential feature for any eco home. Providing you with completely clean electricity they can sometimes even make enough energy to allow you to sell some back to the grid. Solar panels are certainly a long-term investment. Good insulation helps hold in the heat, meaning you don’t need to burn energy reheating the home all of the time. There are plenty of places that can and should be insulated including within the walls and in the roof.

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