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How Much Does Insulation Save You?

How much does Insulation Save
 

Insulating your home is key to keeping your property warm and cosy, but also to ensuring the money you do spend on heating and cooling is used efficiently, and does the job it should.

There are, of course, many different types of insulation available, and each performs in a different way. So how much does insulation save you on energy bills? Well, it all depends on the insulating properties of the material – so it’s well worth investigating the different types on offer. Here’s the latest lowdown…

Fibreglass Insulation Panels

Panels made up of tightly wound fibreglass strands can be stuffed into wall or floor cavities, or fitted between joists, studs or beams. It’s normally a do-it-yourself job, but can’t be touched, and you shouldn’t breathe the air around it without a mask, making it terribly tricky to install.

Fibreglass insulation panels are the most popular traditional insulation product, as they’re comparatively inexpensive. However, they really do encapsulate the adage ‘you get what you pay for’; in terms of efficacy, they leave a lot left to be desired.

They deteriorate and break down over time, and discolour with dust as they allow air to pass through. Fibreglass doesn’t completely absorb water and moisture completely, and can therefore be particularly difficult to dry out.

Whilst it is wet, fibreglass insulation is almost completely ineffective. This renders fibreglass’s effect on energy bill savings significantly lower during cold and wet weather.

Concrete Block Insulation

Concrete blocks built directly in between walls are intended to block thermal conductivity, as part of the original building infrastructure.

Concrete blocks are extremely difficult to retrofit and so any reduction in energy usage, and therefore bills, will likely not be noticed.

Cellulose Blown-In Insulation

Blown or poured into cavities, cellulose acts as a barrier to air flow and looks like scrunched up newspaper. Cellulose is made up of recycled paper fibres and fire-retardant materials.

It is more effective than fibreglass insulation, so energy savings are higher, but it does permit moisture transfer, and so isn’t approved for usage worldwide.

 

 

Spray Foam Insulation

An industrial foam, spray foam insulation is a chemical mixture that expands when in contact with the air, much like squirty cream or hair mousse. However, instead of then collapsing and liquidising, it dries out and solidifies in its new larger form.

This makes it the ideal insulation for existing finished areas, as it can be sprayed onto, or injected into them, as well as for awkwardly-shaped areas that are difficult to reach.

Enlist the Help of the Experts!

Spray foam insulation cannot be fitted as a D.I.Y job, and should only be installed by an expert technician. Such specialists should be British Board of Agrement (BBA) certified.

As a company, we’re BBA accredited alongside being recommended as Trusted Traders by Which?

The nature of spray foam insulation is that it fills up all crannies and crevices, sealing them off against the outside world. This gives a building envelope and insulation quality that can’t be beaten – and doesn’t degrade over time, or absorb any degree of moisture.

Substantial Savings

Existing customers who have spray foam installed in their properties quote saving up to 40% on their household energy bills: a hefty discount for any sized home!

The thermal barrier qualities greatly increases a property’s energy efficiency, as the constant need for heating and cooling is lessened. In the UK, those putting a property on the market, either for sale or rent, must be inspected for, and graded on, an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate).

The installation of spray foam insulation enhances the grade performance of a property, and makes it more desirable to potential buyers, tenants and estate agents.

To make an enquiry about spray foam insulation and receive advice, a home survey and quotation, entirely tailored to your home, contact our talented team today.

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