Improving Your Home Insulation
Efficient insulation is a major part of home improvement that should interest everyone. There are many ways you can improve the insulation of your home, all of which contribute to the reduction of heat loss, improving the efficiency of your heating system, therefore saving on your energy bills!
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Draught proofing not only protects your home against cold in winter, but also protects your household from any excess heat in summer. The great thing about insulating your home properly is that some key insulation measures are low cost, meaning that they essentially pay for themselves in less than five years.
Where Do I Need To Insulate To Reduce Heat Loss?
Heat can escape from all directions in your house on a cold day, so when it comes to insulation, you should consider the whole ‘package’:
The first thing people consider when they improve their home is to replace their old windows and go down the double-glazing route. The A+ rated sealed units have a larger gap between the panes as opposed to older glazing and are usually filled with argon, meaning that they retain a greater amount of heat.
Modern glazing is designed in a way to reflect heat back into the room due to the glass having a coating, which does not only help the reduction of heat loss generated by new boilers, but also makes the most of any heat from the sun during a hot day.
It is undoubted that heat rises, and an uninsulated property is more likely to lose majority of its heat through the roof which has been understood for a long time as most houses have had loft insulation since the 1950s. However, nowadays the current building regulations state that they require a minimum of 270mm of insulation; and it is probable that many older houses will have less, so it is always worth checking to see if you need a top up.
Insulating Hot Water Tanks and Pipes
Lagging water tanks and pipes will reduce heat loss, so you’ll spend less money heating up water and keep it hotter for longer. A hot water cylinder jacket costs about £15 and it is a fairly straightforward job to fit. Topping the insulation of your hot water cylinder from a 25 mm to an 80 mm jacket could save about £20 a year. If yours had no insulation before, savings on fuel bills could be around £80 per year.
Foam tubes fit around the exposed water pipes between your hot water tank and boiler, resulting in the reduction of heat lost, keeping your water hotter for longer. The best bit about this is that you can do it yourself. Choose the right size from a DIY store, then slip it around the pipes. Materials will cost around £20, and you’ll save on energy bills from around £3 to £7 a year.
Insulating your home does not only make it more energy efficient, it also is up there with one of the best things you can do to save on energy bills. Your home be warmer and more comfortable as well as reducing the impact on the environment, it’s a win win!