SOLVED: Most Cost Effective Insulation For Your Home
With British Gas recently increasing their prices for electricity by 12.5%, it’s becoming more and more difficult to ignore the headlines when it comes to energy costs.
With thousands of customers in the UK being affected by the price hikes, it is more important now than ever before to get the most back from the energy you are paying for. This is where home insulation comes in.
When planning for retirement, and considering the future of your homes energy efficiency, many homeowners look at insulation as the perfect solution.
Insulation creates a barrier between inside a home and outside. By retaining more heat, as the prices for energy rise, you stay warm without paying out more.
If you are considering insulating your home in an effort to save money, then the next logical step is to find out which areas of your home will provide the most cost effective insulation.
Insulating your windows is very different to insulating your walls, floors, and attic, but since around 35% of heat is lost through your windows, it is still a worthwhile option. Investing in modern double or triple glazing is a very worthwhile investment, not only minimising heat loss, but insulating against noise and protecting your property against condensation and damp
Where Will Insulation Be the Most Effective?
Deciding where to insulate in your property is one of the biggest decisions you will face. Generally, the more insulation you have, the lower your energy bills will be, but there is always a cut-off limit where you have more insulation than you really need.
Here are the four main areas that most homeowners focus on when looking at the most cost effective insulation:
- Attic– Roughly 25% of the heat in your home will be lost through your roof. Attic insulation is one of the least expensive options, and among the most effective for heat retention. Choosing attic insulation means that you’ll have to decide whether to insulate the floor or the roof, with the latter of the two ensuring that your attic space will still be usable.
- Floor– Insulating your floor is one of the most noticeable types of insulation and very beneficial. After all, who likes walking across a cold floor? Only around 10% of the heat in your home is lost through the floor, so while floor insulation can still save you money, it’s not the most essential insulation.
- Walls– When considering the most cost effective insulation, many homeowners choose wall insulation. The walls in your property are responsible for about 35% of the heat that is lost, making wall insulation an ideal choose for minimising heat loss. Wall insulation is different depending on your property type, with older properties generally having solid walls and new properties having cavity walls. The cost of insulating your walls will change depending on the size of your property, and whether you have to insulate externally, or can fill cavity walls.
- Windows– Insulating your windows is very different to insulating your walls, floors, and attic, but since around 35% of heat is lost through your windows, it is still a worthwhile option. Investing in modern double or triple glazing is a very worthwhile investment, not only minimising heat loss, but insulating against noise and protecting your property against condensation and damp.
With more than 30 years in the industry, at Home Logic we look at what is best for your property and for you, never advising our customers to go down an insulation route that won’t benefit them as much as possible!
What Is the Most Cost Effective Material?
Once you have looked at the most cost effective insulation areas in your home, you will need to select a material that will provide the best standard of insulation.
The type of material you use will dictate your potential savings, with some being a lot more effective than others. Three of the most popular insulating materials are:
- Blown-in insulation– Normally made from cellulose, blown-in insulation is one of the cheapest insulation types, but is only well-suited to filling spaces.
- Spray foam insulation– A diverse product that can be used to insulate walls, floors, and ceilings, spray foam insulation is both cost effective to install, and will reduce your energy bills considerably.
- Fiberglass Batts insulation– Inexpensive and effective in open areas, fiberglass batts perform moderately compared to some of the other options on the market, but this is normally reflected in the price.
Choosing the most cost effective insulation is an investment in the future of your property. To combat rising energy bills and reduce our carbon footprint, it is a decision that requires careful consideration over what is best for your property now, and how the insulation will affect your savings in the future.
With more than 30 years in the industry, at Home Logic we look at what is best for your property and for you, never advising our customers to go down an insulation route that won’t benefit them as much as possible.
If you need advice on which insulation will suit your property, or how you can insulate your home on a budget, you can contact us by clicking the button below, or call us directly on 0800 1700 636.