Insulate to save!

Properly insulating your home to a regulation standard not only helps you to heat your home in the winter, cool it down in the summer but also saves you money on your energy bills.  This blog will explore the important factors to consider when considering installing insulation to your home as well as the different types of insulation on offer and the best measures for your property.

Insulation – It’s purpose and why we need it.

Home insulation is used to prevent heat from escaping your home. It is typically made from either wool, mineral wool, cotton, glass fibre or polystyrene boards and is usually installed in walls, ceilings, and floors. Insulation is an excellent way to save money on your energy bills by working to trap the warm air inside your home, keeping it warm during winter months and cool during the summer months, therefore ensuring you won’t need to use much heating to maintain a comfortable temperature within your home.

Types of Insulation available:

There are a couple of different types of insulation available, meaning it is important to research their distinctive qualities to find out what variable is best suited to your home and its specific needs. The most common places to insulate within your home are:

Walls – Solid wall properties will require either internal or external wall insulation. However, uninsulated cavity wall properties will require cavity wall insulation.

Ceilings – Most homes will either benefit from loft or ceiling insulation, or room in roof insulation should your home have a loft conversion. There is also flat roof insulation available to homes with flat roofs.

Floors – A suspended floor will require insulation being installed between the joists.

Once you have identified where in your home needs insulating, the next thing to do is to consider the different types of insulation available and pinpoint which is best for you and your property. The most common types of insulation used within the UK are: (Red = Services we provide/materials we use)

BREG IWI – This relates to the Solid Wall Internal Wall Insulation System which comprises of an insulated dry lining system containing XPS/OSB studs Ravatherm Polyfoam, glass mineral wool insulating slabs for use on existing masonry cavity walls in both existing and new solid external walls of dwellings and buildings of similar occupancy, type, and conditions.

SWIP – A Xtratherm Thin-R Pitched Roof Board, a rigid polyisocyanurate-modified polyurethane foam board with a composite foil-facing on both sides, for use in timber pitched roofs, horizontal ceilings, dwarf walls and dormer cheeks of new and existing domestics and non-domestic buildings.

Earth Wool – Available in a range of thickness and thermal conductivity. This product has partially cut perforations, providing the flexibility to be used between joists at either 400mm or 600mm centres or used unsplit as a full width roll.

Therma-Bead – We use the Therma-bead system, which consists of the polystyrene beads being injected into the cavity wall via our unique injection gun into a small hole in either the external or internal skin of the property.

Fibreglass insulation – One of the most popular types of insulation are made from fibre glass, typically available in rolls or blankets and can be used to insulate walls, ceilings, or floors.

Spray foam insulation – This insulation measure is made from polyurethane and is sprayed onto surfaces and expands to create a seal which prevents heat loss.

Loose fill insulation – Best for properties with difficult to reach spaces, as the cellulose fibre or rock wool is blown into the cavities in your walls, ceilings, or floors.

Costs & Benefits of Insulation:

Insulation works to prevent warm air from escaping through the walls, floor, or roof. Therefore, one of the main benefits you can expect to see from correct insulation installations is the reduction in your energy bills.

Insulation also helps to protect your home from the external elements (i.e., weather) and can add value to your property should you ever decide to sell. The cost of installing insulation will vary depending on the size of your home and the type of insulation used but it tends to be the more affordable way to make your home more energy efficient.

How to choose your installer:

One of the most important things to consider when picking your installer, is that they are apart of a registered professional body.

This means they have been assessed by an independent organisation and have been deemed competent to install insulation to your home. This accreditation will also give you further peace of mind as should something go wrong with the install, then you can seek help and advice from the independent organisation.

Eco Home Insulation is registered with BAB (British Assessment Bureau Association) PAS 2030 and KIWA. We only use approved materials and work to their strict standards, so you can be confident that you’re in safe hands.

We also offer a free home assessment to ensure you are advised on the best insulation measures for your home.

How to get a free home assessment

If you are looking for ways to save money on your energy bills, regulate the temperature of your home or simply want to increase your properties value, then the best way to get a free home assessment is to fill in one of our enquiry forms.

Eco Home Insulation solely works in accordance with the ECO 4 Scheme to provide low income, fuel poor and vulnerable households insulation, heating, and renewable measures for free.

Once you have filled out one of our forms, a member of the team will be in contact with you regarding your eligibility for our services [which is based on your eligibility for the ECO 4 Scheme] and discuss a time for one of our surveyors to visit your home. After the surveyors have assessed your property, the team will be back in touch regarding the recommended measures for your property to achieve the most efficient insulation/heating standard.

How can we help?

There are many factors to consider before fitting any insulation measure to your home, which is why at Eco Home Insulation we send our trusted surveyors out to your home before any measures are installed. We will advise on the best measures for your home and talk you through the process before any installation begins.

Our role involves:

  • Checking your eligibility for funding.
  • Sending our trusted surveyors out to your home to see what measures are required.
  • Accessing the funding from the Government for these measures on your behalf.
  • Installing the necessary insulation or heating systems.
  • Helping with any maintenance needed after.

If you have any questions on the types of services discussed in this letter or want to know whether you qualify for funding, please contact us today and one of our team would be happy to talk you through your options.

For any questions or queries on our services or grants please call 0333 444 1062.

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