A well insulated home has many significant long term benefits such as; reducing heat loss, lowering energy bills, increasing comfort and having less of an impact on the environment.
Rising energy costs and heating oil Shropshire bills are putting an increased strain on the disposable income of many households across the UK. Coupled with houses with poor insulation, homes are effectively just throwing their money away. Through proper insulation, you can help to cut the cost of both heating and cooling by up to 40%; depending on a number of different factors such as the size of your home, and the type of property.
Improving the insulation in the roof, windows and walls means that your domestic heating oil system won’t have to work as hard or for as long to reach a moderate temperature. It will also maintain temperature and in some cases will increase the value of your home by making it more efficient.
Some easy to follow insulation tips:
- Make sure that your loft insulation is at least 2.5 inches.
- Use cavity wall insulation if your property suits using it. Not all properties are suitable for cavity wall insulation.
- Use a letter box draught excluder.
- Make sure that all the seals around the doors and windows aren’t letting any draughts in.
Increasing the thermal insulation of your property will mean you will need to rely on your domestic heating oil less to keep you warm. Having insulation throughout the home means that more heating energy is kept inside, helping to keep a consistent temperature year round. When your domestic heating oil is used to heat your home, it first warms the air and then the masonry – poor insulation results in energy being released and then not being used effectively, with up to 30% of energy potentially going to waste just through the outside walls.
By ensuring that your house is fully insulated, you will be helping to reduce the impact on the environment. A well insulated home means maximised energy efficiency and less CO² emissions, which directly contribute towards protecting the environment. Domestic heating oil, other fossil fuels and other types of energy give off CO² emissions, amongst other harmful ‘greenhouse gases’; but by reducing the release of these from your home, you can help to promote sustainability for the environment.
A home that is dry, warm and comfortable is the expected norm for homes these days. A fully well-insulted property provides all of this by keeping the movement of heat to a minimum so that you stay cosy during the winter and cooler in the summer months. It will also help to prevent condensation from occurring that can result in persistent, potentially harmful mould growing.