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If there's one thing some of us may have been taught in grade school, it’s that shelter is one of the three basic human needs. Although a house is supposed to protect us from the elements, it can be the biggest obstacle to bringing you comfort and protection when poorly insulated.

 

 

In an uninsulated house, up to a quarter of the heat inside a home can escape through the roof. Thirty to thirty-five percent can leak through the walls and twenty-five percent can flow out of windows and doors. This means that up to 85% of the warmth in a home can escape through the walls, the roof, and windows and doors, making these three priorities for insulation.

 

Loft and Roof Insulation

 

It's the nature of heat to rise, and if your loft or roof is uninsulated it will be easier for it to leave your home. Fortunately, loft insulation is easy to do and effective in retaining heat. When joists can easily be accessed, mineral wool is placed between and above joists to make the necessary depth for proper loft insulation. Some households, however, might make use of the loft as an extra room or for storage. In cases like these, mineral wool can be placed in between joists, which will then be covered by insulation boards.

 

If the loft is difficult to access and there's not enough room to insulate the joists, the roof can be insulated instead. Insulation boards can be placed above the roof's weatherproof layer. Although the boards can also be installed underneath the roof, this should be handled by professionals instead.

 

Cavity Wall Insulation

 

Insulating your walls will depend on what kind of wall you have in your home. The external walls of houses built before the 1920s are usually solid walls, which can be insulated internally or externally using insulation boards and insulation material with plasterwork or cladding respectively. Insulating a solid wall is usually more expensive but can also lead to higher savings.

 

Houses built after the 1920s have two-layered walls with a gap or cavity between them. Insulating a cavity wall will require blowing insulation like beads or foamed insulants into the cavity. This is better done by a professional to minimise time spent on the project.

 

Double Glazing

 

The best way to insulate windows and doors is through double glazing, which is the use of two panes of glass separated by a spacer. The spacer, usually silica balls or an inert gas like Argon, fills the millimeter-wide space between the panes to eliminate condensation problems. The spacer inhibits heat flow, improving heat retention, which in turn reduces energy bills.

 

Double glazing prices in the market may discourage some homeowners to purchase double glazed windows and doors but these will undoubtedly pay for themselves in the long run and can cut heat loss in your home by up to 25%.

 

Your home should be first in making you feel comfy and warm instead of cold and inconvenienced. If you want a properly insulated shelter, consider loft or roof insulation, cavity insulation, and double glazing. Prices may be a great deal but these insulators are proven to pay for themselves in the long run.

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