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10 Affordable Ways to Insulate Your Home
As the nights draw in and the late summer sun disappears for a while - the entire population of the UK invest their time and effort into lighting fires, turning the heating up and keeping warm.
But with the UK experiencing colder winters in recent years, and the cost of energy and heating on the rise, it’s never been a more important time to ensure you are aware of the different ways to insulate your home against the cold. Improving your insulation alongside a comprehensive damp proof solution can make a big difference to your house this winter - here are 10 affordable and easy ways to insulate your home.
Insulating Your Home
Window Frames & Gaps
It’s very common, especially in older homes, to have gaps between the walls and the window frames. These only get worse with time - especially if your window frames are wooden and begin to rot. Lots of heat can escape through your windows and this gap - keep an eye on this and consider installing replacements if needed.
Double Glazing can cut your heat loss by half - there are a number of varieties and options and new technologies to invest in, and also a number of styles which will suit almost any character of house.
Cavity Wall Insulation
Cavity wall insulation does what it says on the tin - it insulates the gap in the wall between two rooms, and can cut heat loss by around a third.
Underfloor insulation such as mineral wool or netting can dramatically improve heat conservation in your home. If you do it yourself, it’s also likely to be an affordable option, not costing more than about £100 depending on your circumstance and size of room.
Interior wall insulation is one of the most important investments when it comes to insulating your home. It’s likely to pay for itself very quickly, as the savings you’ll make in heating will outweigh the initial investment.
Loft insulation is again another very important addition to your home when it comes to insulation. It’s relatively easy to install yourself, and can save you up to 25% of your heat through the roof. Generally, it is able to pay for itself within a couple of years.
Keep Water Hotter for Longer by Insulating Pipes/Tank
Insulating your pipes and water tank by fitting a jacket can keep water hotter for longer, and improve the efficiency of the heat that is being pumped to your radiators. Insulating your hot water tank can cut heat loss by 75%.
Install a Chimney Damper to Keep Out Cold Air
If you have a chimney and a fire, you’ll need to install a chimney damper for when it’s not being used so you can close off the space to cold air. Draughts from chimneys are dramatically reduced - it can also be useful to cut out outside noise, and help prevent chimney fires.
The Right Damp Proofing Solution
Damp and condensation can easily make your home cold, draughty and a pretty unpleasant place to live. Increasing ventilation, getting rid of mould and installing the right damp proofing products can make a big difference. Contact us today to find out more and get our advice on which product would be best for your needs.
There are many affordable ways to insulate your home, and often common-sense can go a long way when it comes to keeping your house warm. Ensure you eradicate damp at the earliest opportunity, stop the draught and consider installing wall and loft insulation to improve heat distribution and prevent loss of warmth.