When it comes to maintaining a comfortable temperature in your home year-round and lowering those energy bills, insulation plays a pivotal role. Did you know that a significant portion of your home's heat, about 35%, escapes through uninsulated cavity walls, while another 25% is lost through the roof? This loss can be prevented with the right insulation. In this guide, we'll explore the various types of insulation that are essential for your home.
Cavity Wall Insulation For most modern homes, built after 1924, a cavity wall construction is standard. These walls consist of two layers of brick with a gap or cavity between them. The primary purpose of this cavity is to prevent external moisture from penetrating the inner rooms of your home. However, even with the cavity, heat can escape. That's where cavity wall insulation comes into play. Insulation material, such as foam, beads, or mineral wool, is injected into the cavity from the exterior, filling the gap and ensuring your home stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Solid Wall Insulation If you live in an older home constructed before 1924, it likely has solid walls without a cavity. Insulating these walls is essential. Two options exist: internal and external insulation. Internal insulation typically involves fitting rigid insulation boards to your external walls or creating a stud wall filled with insulation material, like mineral wool fibre. This is then finished with plaster work to seal in the warmth.
Loft Insulation As your science teacher probably told you, hot air rises. That's why your home loses a significant amount of thermal energy, around 25%, through the roof. To combat this, loft insulation is employed. Materials like mineral wool or fibreglass are spread across your loft's surface area and covered with loft boarding, effectively keeping your home warm while still providing storage space.
If you're considering these insulation solutions for your home, but cost is a concern, keep in mind that you might be eligible for free heating support. Contact Direct Savings to inquire about your eligibility today.