Do you live in a period property that was erected before the 1930s? If so, chances are you live in a building surrounded by solid walls.
Unsure just how old your property actually is? Not a problem – take a step outside and take a look at your brickwork. Is the masonry in a steady and consistent pattern, or do the bricks change size and positioning across the surface?
If the latter is true, you live in a house with solid walls.
Which leaves the question ‘how do you insulate solid walls to prevent this problem?’ Read on to find out…
Why Could Your Solid Walls be Costing You More?
If you know someone who lives in a house with cavity walls, you may notice that they are paying less money to heat their homes than you are.
Even if you’re with the same energy provider and lead a very similar lifestyle to this person, they are still paying less. Why?
Because technically, their cavity walls are a lot better at insulating heat than your solid walls are. This is why newly built houses do not feature solid wall structures anymore.
The gap that sits between the inner and outer layer of brickwork within a cavity wall provides this extra insulating quality. Heat struggles to travel across dry air in comparison to solid brickwork, so heat remains trapped inside the house.
Solid walls do not contain this gap so heat is allowed to bridge through the material to the outside air. This occurs a lot quicker when the brickwork is wet too, as heat travels through moisture very effectively.