You’ll be surprised by how much energy can escape your home each year without the proper insulation. On average, almost half of a homes heat energy is lost through its windows, doors, walls and roof. However, there are steps you can take to insulate your home efficiently, which will result in reduced heat loss and energy bills.
In today’s article, we’ll cover the four main areas that can benefit from proper insulation.
Insulate your floors
Flooring may not seem like an obvious source of heat loss, but it can account for more than 15% in some cases. Insulating your floor can also be one of the simplest things you can do to improve your home insulation. Getting rid of any gaps between your floor and wall joints is a simple and effective solution. You can do this by either sealing the joint or adding a skirting board.
If you choose to fix a skirting board to your wall, you may need to go over with sealant to close off any gaps left behind. Depending on whether you have laminate flooring, finishing off the job with wooden beading will neaten and seal off the bottom gap nicely.
Sealing gaps with a sealant gun is by far the simplest and quickest way to improve your homes energy efficiency. A few tubes can save you up to £50 a year on your heating bill if the work is done correctly!
If you’re planning on changing your carpet, adding an insulating layer is also beneficial.
Insulate your walls
Unfortunately, older properties tend to have less insulation compared to newer properties.
Depending on your wall type, there are different insulation methods available to you. To understand the type of wall you have, you will need to look at the brick pattern.
- Cavity Wall
The bricks tend to all be lengthways on a cavity wall, with an even pattern. Insulating this type of wall will save you on average £50 – £200 each year.
- Solid Wall
On a solid wall, there will be alternating brick patterns and will require an external insulation method. Both of these methods will require a professional to complete this job.
Insulate your windows
If your windows aren’t energy efficient, there are a few simple ways you can improve this. Thick curtains can act as an effective short-term barrier. This will help to block draughts and heat loss. To provide extra protection, you can also add weatherstrips to your windows to stop the transfer of heat through the small gaps.
You can also re-seal your windows for a quick and efficient boost to draught protection.
For better and long-term effects, replacement windows are your best option. Whilst single glazing windows can do the job, it’s often best to upgrade to double glazing.
Insulate your doors
Similar to insulating windows, weather strips can be placed across the frame to close off all the small gaps. To avoid spending money on a replacement, re-sealing your door is a great solution to stopping draughts.
Nonetheless, If draughts are still a problem we recommend you to consider upgrading your door to energy efficient uPVC glazed or Composite doors.
If you need more advice on how you can insulate your home, please don’t be afraid to contact us, we’d love to help.