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Average Heat Loss in Homes: the Definitive AnswerBy admin
Wednesday, 25 September 2019
If you’re feeling chillier than you should at home, and have already tried wearing lots of layers of clothes, and turning up the heating, it’s important to identify the issue and better insulate the area.
You need not keep googling “Where am I losing heat from my home?” – we can help identify problem areas… and, even better, how to solve the issue!
Simply ‘turning up the heating’ every time your home gets cold isn’t just ineffective energy-wise, but also doesn’t make financial sense. Energy bills are consistently rising, and if your home has an area that is losing or leaking heat, then there could well be no limit to just how much you’ll end up spending.
Increasing the heating and cooling usage simply masks the problem temporarily, and doesn’t solve it long-term. Until it’s solved, your energy bills are likely to skyrocket-especially in light of the ongoing price hikes announced by the Big 6 Suppliers.
Instead, it’s important to identify the fault, and then halt heat loss with immediate effect.
Dependent on the type of walls, and the overall construction of your home, you may find they act as a thermal bridge into the interior. A thermal bridge is whereby a material absorbs and allows a temperature to travel through it.
In the case of walls, this can easily invite cold wind, rain and temperatures into your home – which is clearly not desirable.
Spray Foam: A Smart and Savvy Solution
The best block for a thermal bridge is spray foam insulation. This is a chemical spray foam that expands up to one hundred times its original size, and then dries out completely.
Once in place, it won’t deteriorate or degrade, and forms a complete barrier against the interior and exterior of your home. This barrier prevents air vapour and moisture from passing through, making it an effective insulation solution if you’re looking at living in your property long-term.
Cold air in walls escapes through gaps in insulation or in empty nooks and crannies in wall cavities, often around windows and doors. Icynene spray foam insulation combats this issue, as the expansion of the foam allows it to fill any space around it.
This, therefore, leaves no gaps through which air or moisture can pass through.
Reviews available on third party independent review site TrustPilot frequently mention better heat conduction. Customer Mike Baldwin applauds his “massive improvement of loft space and insulation” and Mike Savory says “the property does seem to be warmer due to insulation; heating has been set to a lower temp."
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Around 10% of heat loss in the home is lost through the floor – which isn’t an area most consider. However, this too can be blocked from absorbing chillier temperatures from the ground.
This multi-purpose foam can be sprayed or injected into floor cavities, or between floor boards, to insulate them effectively for many years to come. This will need to be done around any under-floor heating products, but should quickly negate the need for any floor heating systems to be in place!
One of the best things about this high-performing product is that it enables you to finally reclaim the loft space as a habitable living area.
Spray foam insulation is sprayed directly between the roof rafters in an attic space, so the floor is left alone. Any traditional fibreglass or similar insulation can be removed, so there’s no need for additional flooring to be laid.
As fibreglass insulation can require up to 10 inches of space in depth across a floor, this can be a significant area to reclaim. The resulting space can be used as a functioning room for whatever purpose you like.
The result of the insulation is more effective than traditional insulation panels, and offer the additional benefit of an extra room in the property as well.
Consequently, you’ll find your home doesn’t just save you money on heating bills; it’s resale value is also likely to have increased!
Reviews available on third party independent review site TrustPilot frequently mention better heat conduction. Customer Mike Baldwin applauds his “massive improvement of loft space and insulation” and Mike Savory says “the property does seem to be warmer due to insulation; heating has been set to a lower temp”.
Spray foam insulation technicians can carry out a free home survey, to identify any particular problem areas for heat loss in your home, and then make recommendations on how to combat the issue. Contact our expert team today by calling 0800 1700 636, or clicking the button below to arrange yours, and keep your home warm throughout the year!Related Home Logic Living ArticlesFULL RANGE OF SERVICES:OUR OFFICES:
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