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Insulating Homes Against Heat Loss: Top Tips and Tricks

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It’s another Great British Summer… full of rain, wind and cloud. But you need not put the heating on in August; instead, there’s a whole host of cost-effective and eco-efficient ways of insulating homes against heat loss, so you can stay cosy all year round.

Whilst of course you don’t want to lose heat from your home by letting it escape through windows, doors and small gaps in your walls, floors and ceilings, you also don’t want to take in colder air from outside.

So what’s the solution? The following article aims to provide an answer…

How to Heatproof Your Property

When insulating homes against heat loss, it’s important to create an efficient ‘building envelope’ to act as a seal against the outside world. By implementing this measure, you’re able to maintain a comfortable temperature, without letting any warm air out, or cold air in.

Primarily, heat loss in properties is due to air leakage and convection. This happens when air is able to escape through small spaces, or weak or thin material. It can often mean that you may feel a draught in your home, but be unable to pinpoint its source.

The way to combat this is to install a secure ‘building envelope’ – essentially sealing your property off from the outside world, leaving you only with dedicated entry and exit points, such as windows and doors.

Common, popular insulation solutions to avoid heat loss in the home include: fibreglass panels and cellulose padding. Whilst these do offer a degree of insulation, they are both products that cannot fill every space, still leaving you with gaps for air and vapour to pass through.

Both depreciate over time by sagging, ageing and taking on water, that can later result in damp and mould.

Spray Foam: A Successful Solution

The most complete insulation seal can only be achieved by industrial foams. The market leader is spray foam insulation, which is water-blown and either sprayed directly onto, or injected directly into walls, floors and ceilings, and their cavities and/or crawl spaces.

Once mixed with water (a 50/50 solution), the foam expands and then dries out to solidify. The nature of the chemicals expanding is that the foam fills up any space around it, sealing off even the most oddly of shaped and large sized gaps.

They may not even be visible to those in the property! Icynene spray foam insulation will not sag or deteriorate as it ages, but may need top-up sprays after a 25-year period.

Of course, using 40% less heating and cooling is a considerable reduction, and also ensures your home becomes more energy efficient. This will certainly curry favour with your local council or authority, who love to be able to demonstrate the increasing eco-friendliness of their local areas

Decrease Your Bills and Increase Your Property’s Value!

In a typical British home, air leakage accounts for up to 40% of energy expenditure, as homeowners pay for heating and cooling to kick in, and maintain a comfortable temperature inside.

Installing spray foam insulation as the property’s primary insulation method has been shown to block this – saving customers a whopping 40% from their household energy bills each year!

Of course, using 40% less heating and cooling is a considerable reduction, and also ensures your home becomes more energy efficient. This will certainly curry favour with your local council or authority, who love to be able to demonstrate the increasing eco-friendliness of their local areas.

But perhaps more importantly, it can actually increase the value of your home. When it comes to putting your home on the market, or if you choose to rent it out, your mandatory Energy Performance Certificate will be much more favourably graded for such quality insulation being in place.

The difference has even been mentioned briefly on Channel 4’s Grand Designs, which oversaw spray foam insulation being installed into a new build home-by our talented team themselves!

Spray Foam: A Multi-Purpose All-Rounder

Installing a thorough, thermal resistance method throughout your property also eliminates the risk of damp or mould– both of which can be severely problematic for homeowners in various ways.

If anything, spray foam will actually have the opposite effect, and clean the air within your home, as it blocks outside pollutants and allergens from passing through, and unlike traditional fibreglass panels, is completely safe to be around and inhale.

This multi-purpose product has long been the market leading insulation solution in countries with colder weather, such as Norway, Sweden and Canada. Now, for the first time, the British Board of Agrement (BBA) have accredited our company to install the insulation to the required standards

Based in Southampton but with teams throughout the UK, we have expertly certified technicians who specialise in spray foam insulation, and can advise, recommend and install the mixture for you. Contact a technician by calling 0800 1700 636, or by clicking the button below to start your journey toward a warmer, cosier home today!