Insulation isn’t a particularly sexy subject, and not one most of us spend much time researching.
Yet with environmental concerns at the top of the public agenda, finding ways to retain heat in our homes (and thus reduce our reliance on additional appliances) not only cuts carbon-it also cuts household bills as well.
Energy efficiency in the home can be improved in many ways. Traditional ways include: flicking your lights off when you leave a room, filling the kettle with less water or switching your lightbulbs.
Although such measures inevitably play their part in reducing your bills, they’re no match for the merits of effective insulation, which provides a more preferable alternative long-term.
But how does insulation save energy, why is it important, and does it really save money? We have the answers to all three questions!
The Benefits of Insulation
Whether it be in roofs, ceilings, walls or floors, insulation acts as a barrier between your home and the outside world–and, most importantly, as a barrier against penetration from moisture.
Insulation also assists with internal temperature regulation, ensuring your home doesn’t get too cold in the Winter, or too warm in the Summer.
What is Energy Efficiency and How Can You Achieve It?
Energy efficiency is defined as using less energy to provide the same service, and with insulation, can be easy to achieve.
In cooler countries such as the UK, draught-proofing your home can be amongst the most beneficial of energy-saving measures overall.
Most properties, particularly residential ones, have heating systems that fire up and start warming through the property when its sensor detects a temperature under a certain level (set by yourself, or the property owner).
This means that even when there’s no one around, the heating system could have started up and needlessly made things warmer.
Heating systems use energy every time they start up. So how does insulation save energy?
Essentially, it ‘cushions’ a property from extreme temperature drops, reducing the reliance on energy-sucking sources of heat.