Keeping your home warm in winter and cool in summer can be a challenge but by installing some decent insulation, you can take control of the situation. Fitting insulation is the best way to regulate the temperature in your home and avoid accidentally wasting energy.
Your home doesn’t only lose heat from draughty windows and ill-fitting doors, warmth also escapes through your roof and even your walls. Insulation can also help you keep cool air inside, perfect if you use an air conditioner or struggle with an over-heated house in the summer months.
Installing insulation in your home
Depending on the size of your home, the state of any existing insulation and how new the property is, installing insulation can be anything from a small job to a relatively big one. Get your project off the ground by heading over to the Energy Saving Trust website and find out more about the various costs and stages involved in insulating your home.
While insulating will require an initial outlay, roof and loft insulation will quickly pay for itself in terms of a reduction in heating bills. What’s more, quality insulation can last for up to 40 years, meaning you investment will pay for itself time and time again over a number of decades.
What’s more, there are some great grant and schemes that offer insulation and other energy saving devices and treatments free of change. Have a look at the Which? guide to insulation grants and see if you’re eligible for financial aid.
How to go about installing insulation
You may be able to install insulation yourself or you may be better off calling in the professionals. The government’s Energy Saver website has some good advice on assessing your home and working out how to add insulation to an existing property. You’ll also find a selection of great advice from Channel 4 and its complete guide to fitting insulation. Both of these resources as a couple of great tips for helping you decide whether to hire a professional or have a go at DIY.
Either way, you’ll need to make sure you have the right type of insulation to do the job. Take a look at this insulation guide from Homebase and make sure you know everything there is to know about choosing the correct product. Insulation comes in many different guises, from sheep’s wool to plastic boards, and each type needs to be fitted in its own special way.
If you are hiring someone to fit your insulation for you and they need you to order the product for them, be certain to double check you know exactly which kind of insulation they plan to work with – and whether it’s the most suitable one for your home. USwitch has a useful guide to different types of lofts and which kinds of insulation are best matched with each. Don’t let up to 25 per cent of your heat escape through your roof and walls, find out how easy it could be for you to improve your insulation in a few easy steps.