Energy costs have been rising dramatically over the last few years and it is unlikely that prices will fall dramatically any time soon. With this in mind it is important to make sure that your get the most from the heating in your home to reduce costs and the impact on the environment.
There are a number of benefits in living in a well insulated home
- Costs savings
- Better environmental credentials
- Improved comfort
- Health benefits
No matter how new your home is there are always improvements that can be made to the insulation in your home.
Where does the heat go?
The picture below shows typical heat loss for an un insulated house. This should give a good indication as to where you should prioritise insulating your home. The figures will vary based on the age and type of home. For example a terraced house will lose less through walls and a ground floor flat will lose less through the roof.
Up to 25% of heat is lost through the roof of an un insulated property. Insulating your loft can significantly reduce this. There are a number of ways you can insulate your loft. Insulating the floor of your loft or Insulating the rafters
A massive 35% of heat can be lost through the walls. Cavitity wall insulation can reduce this.
Up to 15% of heat can be lost through the floors. This is harder and more complex to reduce but good quality underlay for carpets and wooden floors will help
Doors & Windows
Up to 25% of heat can be lost through doors and windows. Double Glazing and draft prrofing will help. Double Glazing does not provide a very good payback but will improve the comfort in your house as it also reduces noises and drafts,