When it comes to insulating your home your initial payment is always going to be worth the cost in the long run.
By insulating your home you are saving heat, energy, and money, and in some cases, like with pipe insulation, you are doing all that whilst helping prevent any future costly problems.
There are various ways you can insulate your home. From loft insulation to cavity wall (solid) insulation, double glazing and pipe insulation, and even underfloor insulation. Each method falling under the same umbrella of helping maintain the temperature in your home, regulating heat loss and containment, and protecting it against extremes in temperature from winter to summer.
A well-insulated home, as well as reducing noise pollution, is going to be energy efficient and have a lesser effect on the environment than a poorly insulated one.
While the cost of your insulation may vary according to what or where is being insulated it is always going to be offset by the value it provides.
According to Which? Magazine loft insulation ‘can cut your energy bills by up to £215 each year’.
Loft insulation comes in a variety of different types varying in cost and application. The four main types are blanket, loose-fill, sheet and blown-fibre.
Blanket or Batt loft insulation comes in rolls of foil-backed felt and is typically the type used most often. It is regarded as the easiest to apply.
Loose-fill loft insulation is made from loose granules of a variety of different materials like cork or wool or recycled newspaper. While it can reach small spaces a lot easier it does require the use of protective equipment to apply and can be problematic in draughty lofts.
Sheet loft insulation comes in the form of boards as they are for insulating the sloping sides of a roof. They come in a variety of materials and types and can even be cut to size. This type is more expensive than the previous and more difficult to apply.
Blown-fibre loft insulation must be done by an expert. As a result it has a cost that other types do not.
That said it can be applied relatively quickly and is great for those hard to reach areas.
Cavity Wall (Solid) Insulation
It is believed that around one third of heat loss in the home occurs through the walls. That makes a cavity or solid wall insulation a definite cost saver. While this job requires a professional it is estimated that you will save an average of £245 per year.
The type of insulation used on your walls will vary whether they are cavity walls or solid walls. A cavity wall is just a wall with a space in the middle. It is into this space that the insulation is placed by being injected through the outer brickwork.
Solid wall insulation is placed on the inside or outside of a solid wall but its function is the same as cavity wall insulation. Retaining heat and saving you money.
You can get double glazing, even triple glazing, for your doors and windows. And while this is going to be a fairly costly way of insulating your home it is also a very effective one.
Such is the range, and effectiveness, of the double glazed doors and windows about, when choosing which are best for you it really comes down to what style and functionality you want.
Double glazing should last for years and will help retain heat and reduce noise pollution.
Pipe insulation, or pipe lagging, is yet another way to save in your home. By insulating your pipes you are helping prevent heat and energy loss and therefore saving on electricity and minimising your impact on the environment.
By insulating your pipes you are also helping to prevent any future mis-haps or burst pipes through erosion or freezing.
It is pretty clear that insulating your home is worth the cost. After the initial outlay you will continue to reap the benefits and cost-saving effectiveness for years to come. You will save on heat, energy, the environment and money. What more could you ask for?