28 Oct Where Should I Insulate?
Insulation is an important part of running a safe and comfortable home. There are many benefits to ensuring insulation is installed effectively, such as preventing damp and mould, creating a warmer home, reducing energy bills and preserving a clean and modern look to any property. In essence, a property with insulation throughout the house will be more energy efficient than one that is only partly insulated. In this blog we will therefore break down key areas of energy loss in your home and how such issues can be countered with the introduction of insulation technologies.
Many people who don’t use their attic for living space frequently consider it as ‘just storage’ and as a result often do not see the point or value of investing in insulation. In reality, however, the attic is arguably the most important part of any property to insulate, with 25-35% of energy lost there. If a property is insulated everywhere but the attic, all the heat retained within through effectively installed wall insulation will simply rise and escape. So investing in insulation throughout an entire property can of course make a reduction in energy usage, but failure to acknowledge the importance of attic insulation can in turn significantly hinder the true energy efficiency that a property is capable of.
Solid exterior walls can lose up to 45% of heat energy within a home unless robust and effective external wall insulation services are present. In terms of energy saving capabilities, this is therefore the most effective place to insulate. The exterior walls in any home surround the living room and bedrooms – places where people spend a significant amount of time. Insulating walls that are outfacing ensures these rooms are kept at a much more comfortable temperature during the colder months, and in turn ensures your energy bills are more affordable due to less energy being required to heat the home as a whole.
In addition to this, as well as keeping the warm air in the property, insulating solid walls also helps ensure that cold air from outside remains outside. Cold air passing through uninsulated walls is known as ‘cold bridging’, and keeping this to a minimum can have significant improvements to your energy efficiency.
Internal wall insulation is also a great way of selecting rooms that are either regularly heated or used more than other rooms, which is often the case for living rooms. Thanks to new technologies such as ‘Aerotherm’ it is now possible to insulate a specific room to ensure savings of up to 35% more energy with virtually no disruption or alteration to room size – and it costs half as much as insulation alternatives. This can be done as Aerotherm is a 1mm thick heat reflective coating, and is installed in a similar way to plaster. Applying Aerotherm to those rooms which are most heated keeps more of that heat in, so less energy is required to ensure your favourite room stays comfortable.
Overall, there are many options to insulating a home, and no two insulation jobs are the same. It is therefore very important that you speak to an expert so that they can offer advice and assistance in which insulation is available to help you achieve what you want to.
For information on any of the insulation methods discussed in this blog contact SPMS today over the phone on 01656 818881 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.