Home insulation is a building material used to contain heat within your home during cold weather, while also keeping it cool in hot weather. Correctly insulated homes will allow only minimum levels of heat to pass through the fabrics of your home’s roof and walls, therefore reducing the heating requirement to maintain a warm and comfortable home. On average a home can lose between 40% and 60% of its heat through its roof and walls if not properly insulated.
The effectiveness of an insulating material is measured using a ‘U-value’. This measures how much heat is conducted through a material or how much heat passes through your home. Correctly installed insulation will have a low U-value, meaning that only small amounts of heat will pass through, thus keeping your home warmer for longer.
Overall, upgrading your attic & wall insulation is a smart investment that can provide a range of benefits for you and your home, including improved energy efficiency, comfort, and indoor air quality, as well as increased home value and environmental sustainability.
Comfort: Insulation helps to maintain a consistent temperature throughout your home, which can help to reduce cold spots and drafts. This means that you can enjoy a more comfortable living environment, without having to rely as heavily on heating or cooling systems.
Noise reduction: Insulation can also help to reduce the amount of noise that enters your home from the outside. This is because insulation helps to block sound waves, which means you can enjoy a quieter home, even if you live in a noisy area.
Energy efficiency: Insulation acts as a barrier to heat flow, which means it can help to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. By reducing the amount of heat that escapes your home in the winter and enters your home in the summer, you can reduce your reliance on heating and cooling systems, which can lower your energy bills by as much as 60%.
Increased home value: Energy efficiency is becoming an increasingly important consideration for homebuyers, upgrading your insulation can catapult you up the BER scale, therefore having a well-insulated home can help to increase the overall value of your property when it comes time to sell.
Indoor environment: Insulation acts as a barrier to heat flow, which means it can help to keep the internal surfaces of your external walls and ceiling free of condonation , which can lead to mould and dampness. Condensation can occur if moist air comes into contact with a colder surface like a cold wall or ceiling. The air is unable to hold the moisture and tiny drops of water appear and cause damp and mould. Correctly installed cavity wall and attic insulation with ventilation will reduce the risk of this unwanted issue occurring.
Environmental benefits: Correctly Insulating your home is also great for the environment. By reducing your reliance on heating and cooling systems, you can reduce your carbon footprint and help to protect the environment. This is because heating and cooling systems are typically powered by fossil fuels, which produce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.
Environmental Impact of Insulation materials: Mineral wool insulation is made from natural or recycled materials and is itself recyclable at the end of its life. Cavity bead insulation is a relatively environmentally friendly insulation option. The polystyrene beads are typically made from recycled materials, and the insulation itself is also recyclable at the end of its life