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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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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