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5 Key Reasons To Insulate Home For WinterBy admin
Friday, 5 October 2018
With a colder than average Winter predicted for this year, many of us will be wondering how we can keep our homes warm when the mornings are frosty, and there’s likely to be snow on the ground.
For some, thoughts will also turn to the affordability of heating, and how to maximise the warmth generated in the home. Insulation such as spray foam insulation is a great place to start and can be extremely efficient and great value for money.
According to The Office for National Statistics more people die during the Winter than in the Summer, with more than 24,000 excess deaths during the Winter of 2015/2016. That is 15% more during the Winter than the Summer.
The elderly are disproportionately affected, and more than one third of deaths were due to respiratory illnesses.
Another study carried out by the University College London in 2016 showed that there were around 9,000 deaths due to cold homes and the resultant respiratory infections, heart attacks and strokes.
The study suggests that this figure, which is higher than the previous 15 years, is entirely preventable. They compared their data with the English Housing Survey, and discovered that more deaths occurred in the coldest homes.
The study points out that high energy costs and poor insulation in homes were exacerbating the issue.
In recent years the government has tried to tackle this problem by introducing the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme. This obliges energy companies to offer insulation and other home energy improvement measures to their customers either free or at a reduced cost.
In some cases these deals are only available to those on benefits or considered vulnerable, but in many cases, basic mineral wool insulation can be installed at no extra charge.
As a response to these staggering statistics, we’ve compiled the following guide to insulating your home this Winter, including the benefits of an insulation upgrade, the main materials on offer, and how they perform in practice…
There are so many reasons why insulating your home to make it warmer is a great idea.
Here’s 5 main reasons why you should heatproof your home during the colder months of the year:
Reason To Insulate No.1: Improves Your Health
A cold and damp home is an unhealthy one. The figures quoted above make that very clear. This is especially the case for the very young and the elderly.
A cold home may suffer from condensation that can lead to the growth of mould, which ultimately will lead to respiratory illness and diseases, if left unaddressed long-term.
Our body can also find it difficult to maintain our immunity when it is fighting to stay warm. A study from Yale University found that mice that were infected with a cold virus found it harder to shake it off if they were cold at the time it was transmitted. Your body simply can’t fight the cold and a virus at the same time.
Insulation can improve the way that your home maintains its heat levels in the Winter, and make it a warmer and more comfortable place to be. This will improve your health immeasurably.
Reason To Insulate No.2: Increases Your wealth (By Decreasing Your Bills)
Worldwide energy costs have increased year on year and not in line with wage increases – making it very difficult for some households to make ends meet.
With energy costs being entirely controllable (unlike other bills), many people choose to turn off the heating to save money. This can be dangerous.
Adding insulation to your home can save you as much as £220 per year according to the Energy Saving Trust, if it is added to the cavity walls and the loft. This is a significant saving that makes it easier for people to afford their heating in the Winter.
Spray foam insulation can make an even bigger impact on your bills, as it offers a more thorough way of preventing warm air from leaving your home.
Frozen pipes in the Winter is a significant issue that only gets worse if your home is colder than average. Pipes that are near the outside walls of your home, or in a freezing loft can become frozen, and this can lead to the pipes bursting and many thousands of pounds worth of damage
Reason To Insulate No.3: Increases Your Home’s Resale Value
When you sell your home, you are expected to provide an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). This document details the energy savings features that your home has, including double glazing, doors, windows, boiler and insulation.
By making sure you have the best possible insulation you can ensure you have a high EPC rating. This in turn can improve the value of your home.
Reason To Insulate No.4: Decreases Your Carbon Footprint
By choosing to improve the insulation in your home for the Winter, you will be making an impact on the energy that your home uses, and, consequently, your carbon footprint will be smaller.
The Energy Saving Trust estimates that a fully insulated home can save as much as 990kg of carbon per year.
Reason To Insulate No.5: Prevents Your Pipes From Freezing
Frozen pipes in the Winter is a significant issue that only gets worse if your home is colder than average. Pipes that are near the outside walls of your home, or in a freezing loft can become frozen, and this can lead to the pipes bursting and many thousands of pounds worth of damage.
It is a major cause of insurance claims during the Winter and one that is thankfully entirely preventable.
Insulation in the right places can easily prevent this. As well as lagging on your tanks and pipes, you should ensure that your loft is well insulated, and that outside walls have additional insulation if needed.
Spray foam insulation is a great option for making your home warmer in the winter. It is usually added to the underside of your roof, between the rafters. In this way it doesn’t interfere with head height and can allow you to make the loft into a usable room!
Insulation Options: Plus Points And Pitfalls
When it comes to insulating your home for the Winter, there are many different options available to you.
For a standard level of insulation at a very reasonable price (and sometimes free), you can choose basic mineral wool insulation. This needs to be used at a depth of 270mm on the floor of your attic for optimal results, and can offer a great improvement in the comfort of your home.
This is a job that you can also do yourself. One drawback is that you will severely restrict the head height in your loft, and may have trouble boarding the loft, making it decidedly difficult to use.
Wall cavity insulation is a professionally applied product that involves blowing insulation material into holes drilled into the exterior walls of your home.
It offers a high level of improvement from the cold, however, some houses are not suitable for this type of insulation, as it can cause issues with damp and mould growth. It is extremely important to get a professional assessment if you wish to have wall cavity insulation added to your home.
Spray foam insulation is a great option for making your home warmer in the winter. It is usually added to the underside of your roof, between the rafters. In this way it doesn’t interfere with head height and can allow you to make the loft into a usable room.
It has excellent R-values and can provide as much insulation value as 270mm of mineral wool from just 100mm of foam. It is a stable product and is perfect for use in places where you need a tight seal, but it is hard to use other insulation materials.
Getting your house warm for the winter using the right type of insulation can give you more money in your pocket, and a healthier body as well. Best of all, you can enjoy your home and feel comfortable-regardless of the weather outside. The importance of this for our wellbeing cannot be underestimated.
Take back control of your comfort this Winter, by upgrading our insulation. Learn how spray foam can help you halt heat loss for good today, by calling 0800 1700 636, or by simply clicking the button below!
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