Now that the temperatures are dropping and winter is on its way, many of us are starting to think about ways to keep our homes warm. While you could spend more on your utility bills and turn up the central heating, unless your home is properly insulated, its money wasted.
There are so many areas in your home where heat can escape, with the most common being windows, doors, walls and the loft. While it’s cheap, fast and easy to draught proof windows and doors, you may avoid the bigger and more expensive task of adding insulation.
Here are some essential tips to help you fit insulation in your home.
How To: Loft Insulation
As we all know, heat particles rise. This means that one of the biggest areas of heat loss in your home is the loft. And while the idea of insulating your loft may seem like a big job, it probably takes less time than you think.
The recommended thickness for loft insulation is 27mm. If your current insulation is less than this, you can simply top it up. The easiest way to do this is with Insulation Giant’s rolls of insulation. Measure the size of your loft and cut the rolls to fit. However, be careful to lay walking boards to avoid injury and always protect yourself by wearing a dust mask.
How To: Internal Wall Insulation
If you are happy to get stuck into a DIY project, internal wall insulation is one of the most effective ways to reduce heat loss. You can purchase insulation boards, that typically range between 50mm and 1000mm in thickness, and fit them to your internal walls with nails, screws or adhesive, before finishing with pasteboard.
While fitting internal insulation will help to make your home warmer, it can also reduce its size, so be careful when selecting board thickness.
How To: External Wall Insulation
External insulation changes the outward appearance of a home, so it tends to be a less popular method. However, it does save redecorating your home’s interior and has great energy-saving benefits, too.
Similarly, to internal insulation, this process involves adding a layer of insulation board to the outside of your property, before covering with cement of your choice. Alternatively, you could choose from insulated cladding board options in a variety of styles and finishes.
Although upgrading insulation can be time-consuming, the long-term benefits exceed the effort, as you could reduce your home’s heat loss by more than 60%! This means you could save hundreds on your energy bills and keep warmer this winter.