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Home Insulation: Energy Saving Tips for the Cold Months

Home Insulation: Energy Saving Tips for the Cold Months

A well-insulated home is a feasible way to a greener ideal and to saving money on heating bills.  The best thing about it is that the financial payoff of home insulation can be significant in the long run.

The following are options you have when it comes to improving insulation and the changes that you can make to minimise the cost of your insulation upgrade.

Importance of Thermal Insulation

thermal insulation

Heat is never stationary. It is always moving from a warm to a cooler area. It can even escape out of your home even in the cold months. During the hot and old seasons, a substantial amount of energy can be transferred through your walls to keep your body warm in the winter, and cold in the summer season.

The heat flow can be reduced through insulation in the walls. This gives a higher heat flow resistance also known as the R-value. The higher the R-value, the better as there is less air that escapes through the outdoors. This only means you can preserve more energy that can dramatically lessen your energy bills.

Insulation is Feasible and Affordable

While a solar panel can cost thousands to install, the cost to upgrade your room insulation would be more affordable. An insulation upgrade pays for itself for several years. The good news is that insulation materials are readily accessible no matter where you live.

Insulation Lasts Long

There are many home insulation types and choosing the right one will last for the life of the house. When you install the insulation the correct way, it will function well for many years, and it wouldn’t even require any maintenance at all.

Evaluating Your Insulation

Check your walls, floors, and attic. The structural elements are usually open in these areas, which makes it easier for you to check what type of heat insulation you have in your home. You can inspect your exterior using an electrical outlet.

Type of Home Insulation to Install

Blanket and Roll

This is the most common type of insulation. It comes in the form of batts and rolls. This is suited for joint spacing and standard studs that are free from obstructions. It is a relatively affordable type of thermal insulator.

Concrete Block Insulator

This is made from a foam board placed on the exterior of the wall. You can apply it for insulating concrete blocks. This can offer ten times insulation power compared to other conventional concrete

Rigid Foam Insulation

Made from polyurethane material, it is most recommended for interior application. It produces high home insulating value by blocking thermal short circuits.

Structural Insulated Panels

Using straw core insulation, SIPs provide uniform and consistent insulation compared to other traditional construction methods. They also take less time to build.

Changes You Can Make to Save Energy

Windows

It’s good to have big windows in your home, but you might think twice about when you realise that they raise the heating and cooling bill by almost 25% every summer and winter. During the cold months, heat usually escapes from your home, and that causes your home insulation to use up more energy to repel the continuous loss of heat in your home. If your windows are wood framed type, check the frames if any damages or gaps need to be filled in with caulk.

On the other hand, aluminium windows can be extended with draught excluders to promote better heat insulation in your home. On another note, a window film is also effective when you apply it to the interior of your walls as it reduces the amount of light and heat allowed to penetrate into the house through your windows.

Houses with low emission window film decrease the heat allowed into the home by a higher percentage. To support the insulation of your windows, you can use white blinds or curtains that can help heat loss during the winter season.

Gaps in Doors

If heat can escape through your windows, then what more through your doors? If there are door gaps at the bottom of your doors, it is likely that heat can escape through it most of the time if not solved. You can use a door brush draught excluders to prevent heat loss. Install these excluders correctly to get optimum thermal insulation.

Outdoor Plants

You might be wondering how plants can be part of energy saving efforts through heat insulation? Planting trees and other plants in the right locations will create a natural shade that will dramatically decrease air temperature around your house by 3-7 degrees. This means that you can reduce energy loss by a quarter.


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