July 25, 2024


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Learning About How To Insulate Your Home Properly

Oil and gas are becoming scarcer, and the cost of heating your home is going one way, and that’s up. The first consideration should be to examine your best ways to keep the heat inside your home. But first, do you know that hiring home insulation services is affordable? It would help if you considered having your home checked out by an expert who can detect and measure where your heat is escaping and which holes need to be plugged, so if you need insulation contractor, call EcoStarFoam.com now!

Heating Bills

Assuming you live in a climate where your home gets cold, and you need to switch on heating of some kind to stay warm, you should examine all your options to retain any heat you generate and pay for. The writer lives in a country where the last two winters have seen temperatures down as far as -17 degrees centigrade. For many homes, that meant their heating systems were running most of the night and during the day also. Like night follows day, payday came later in the form of excessive heating bills!

To conserve your home’s heat, the first place to look at is the roof attic because the majority of your home’s heat rose upwards and, left uninsulated, will escape out through the roof. Your roof attic can be easily insulated by installing relatively low-cost insulation commonly called Rockwool, which comes in rolls. This is installed between the rafters and will make a sizable difference in making your home warmer. The thicker the wool applied, the better the insulation result.

Bad Insulation

The next most significant area for heat to escape is out of your external walls. It is said that almost a third of your home’s heat escapes out through uninsulated or badly insulated walls. Some houses have good insulation built-in during the construction stage. Still, alas, millions of homes built before the cost and scarcity of heating fuels became an issue, had little or no insulation installed, and are highly inefficient to heat.

Tight Budgets

If you are on a tight budget or cannot afford to lose room space, the lowest cost home insulation category is Insulating foam, a recent well-proven innovation that is applied like any interior emulsion/latex to the inside of the walls and, indeed, the ceiling also. 

You have three options to cut down heat loss out through your walls, namely:

  • External insulation is when a layer of insulation is attached to the outside walls of your home. This ‘skin’ can be up to 200mm / 8″ thick and usually has a rendered finish.
  • Insulated plasterboard is when a layer of insulation is attached to a gypsum board installed inside your walls. The most popular thickness applied is about 80mm / 3″ and is very effective at retaining your room’s heat. The only downside is you lose some room space, and that might be an issue if your room is small, to begin with. Costs will be around 550 pounds for a small room.

If you can use a paint brush or roller, you can apply the insulating paint yourself, which means more savings. Leading quality brands retail for around 60 / 75 pounds per 5 liters, enough for two coats in a small bedroom. Without a doubt, insulating paint is the lowest cost way to block the heat from escaping out through your home’s walls and ceilings. The rule of thumb with any home insulation is to buy the best you can afford.