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How to properly insulate your home

28th Jul '16 • By Emily Ayers

Insulation is the barrier to heat flow and is mandatory to keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter. A well-insulated home provides comfort throughout the year, thereby cutting heating and cooling bills up to half.

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To maximise your homes' insulation, there are also several other methods to keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer. 

Steps to properly insulate your home
 
  • Stop energy loss through doors. This may be done by fitting exterior doors with draught excluders. Even sealant strips are easy to fit as a DIY.

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  • Ensure well insulated windows. Crevices and cracks around window frames are a popular escape point. Running your hand palm around the window is enough to find the weak point. If you feel a breeze, it means there is a gap. You should put a sealer or putty and patch the weak point.
  • Double glazing is another method used to insulate the home. Although a costly investment, over time this option can help you save drastically on your energy bill.

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  • Closing blinds or curtains after dark help trapping warm air and prevents draughts. Use blinds and curtains featuring thermal backing to ensure added warmth retention.
  • Fill floor gaps, especially between the floor and the skirting board.
  • Insulate the attic or loft.

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  • Futher, if your walls and ceilings have bad insulation, this can undermine your homes ability to keep heat.
  • Wrap your hot water tank in a jacket of 80mm. This will cut 75% of heat loss.

Tip
Professionally installed insulation provides your home with greater insulation. Although, this process might be more expensive than a DIY, the upfront money spent will be well paid back and there will be a positive difference in your living environment.

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