Thursday, 19 September 2013

Focus on External Wall Insulation

Did you know that solid walls let out as much as twice the heat that cavity walls do? Insulating these solid walls, perhaps from both the inside and outside, can make a huge difference for energy efficiency and cutting costs. External walls from older structures (homes and buildings from the 1950s or before) can be a huge but hidden money sink for you. Don’t let these walls cost you another unnecessary penny in heating or cooling costs. External wall insulation may be the solution to a problem you never even knew you had.

Studies are showing that external wall insulation can save you around £490 every year. When roughly 45% of your heat is escaping through these walls, simply letting it continue is really costing you money.

Solid walls lack the gap of air that cavity walls contain, and warm air likes to loiter in this gap, keeping the heat of your home or business locked inside. Instead of tearing down these solid walls and rebuilding, one option is to insulate from the inside, the outside, or even both. It will cost more to insulate a solid wall than a cavity wall, this is unfortunate but true, but the savings on your heating bills will also be much larger. Additionally, you could be saving up 1.9 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year with external wall insulation.

External wall insulation isn’t hard to install and can be put in without disturbing the interior of your home. It improves the outward appearance of your home’s walls as well as increasing weatherproofing and soundproofing. If you’re planning on having any other work done to the exterior walls of your home, you’ll find that getting external insulation installed at the same time will result in a good amount of money saved.

Insulating a solid wall makes financial good sense, but be sure to check that it complies with current Building Regulations, in this case based on the thermal performance of the solid wall. Your installer will generally ensure that this is the case but it never hurts to ask and be sure you comply.

Many privately owned older homes were built with solid walls, so you may be a victim of huge heat loss every winter and not even know! An installer can take a look at the exterior of your home and let you know what sort of walls you have right away and can help you determine if they might be costing you money.

If you choose to do the work yourself, there are a number of suppliers of suitable products on the market such as Jablite and Celotex.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

What Is Expanded Polystyrene Insulation?

When it comes to your home, you need to make sure that it is cool in the summer and warm in the winter. And to keep your house at the right temperature, you have to make sure that you get the right kind of insulation. There are many different kinds of insulation, but this writer is of the opinion that the best kind for your home often makes use of expanded polystyrene (aka EPS). You may be asking yourself, what is expanded polystyrene insulation? Well, ask no more; here is more information on this kind of insulation, and why you need to put it in your home.

Can be used anywhere: Expanded polystyrene insulation (such as that available from Jablite) is made from polystyrene foam, but there is a flame retardant material added into it. Because this insulation is resistant to fire, it can be used in any kind of building like a house, a building or a commercial building.

Affordable:  There are a lot of different kinds of insulation on the market that can cost a lot of money. However, just because you pay a huge amount for a roll of insulation, it does not mean that you are necessarily buying the best kind for your home. In fact, expanded polystyrene insulation is actually quite affordable, making it easy and affordable for anyone to buy who needs to insulate their home.

A permanent form of insulation: When you install insulation in your home, it will only last a certain amount of time. Typically, some forms of insulation can last anywhere from five to ten years depending on the kind it is and the environment you live in.  However, with expanded polystyrene insulation, you install it once, and then you may never have to change it again due to it being designed to be permanent.

Resistant insulation: Some places with high humidity or extremely dry air can have issues with their insulation being resistant to the elements. However, whether you live in an area that is extremely cold or hot, your insulation will remain strong and durable.

Your home is arguably your most important possession (assuming you own it of course!)  With that in mind, you have put a lot of time and money in it, and you want it to be the best it can be. Like many of us, you’ll want to insulate your home, but you are perhaps not sure what is the best kind of insulation to use. Again, in my opinion, and in the opinion of many others; there is no better, safer, cheaper, or easier insulation to use in your home than that consisting of EPS. 

Monday, 25 March 2013

Insulating Your Home - is it worth it?

At its most basic level, the home is the place where the majority of us spend most of our lives, and so it has to be comfortable.  However, sometimes the price to make that house comfy can be quite high.  People often get their monthly electric or gas bill and close their eyes because the cost to keep the heating on in their homes can really be very expensive. 

The question is; does it have to be this way or is there a way that we can have a nice warm home without having a massive electrical or gas bill every month?  In short, no doesn’t.  Indeed, the key to a lower bill, without having to sacrifice any comfort, is to look into putting insulation in the home.  And with that in mind, here’s an overview as to why insulating a home is worth the time and effort. 

What happens when we get home from work in the evening and our home is cold?  We rush straight to the central heating system or the heater/fire in the room and turn it on to get a nice blast of warmth.   It goes without saying that constantly having to turn on the heater because the rooms in our homes are cold is a sign that the insulation in the home is either non-existent or not enough.   

As we all know, insulation can help make a building nice and warm because it will seal it up good and tight; retaining the heat from the last time the heating was on.  Related to this, when the wintertime comes along, a home that is airtight will also stop the cold from creeping in.  And a home that retains heat and rebuffs cold will mean less reliance on central heating and therefore lower utility bills.

In the summertime too, when the temperature starts to go up, a house can get too warm and the air conditioner has to be turned on. Insulation can keep the air conditioner from having to be turned on all the time due to restricting warmth from seeping in through walls and roofs.  Ultimately, we will see our electric/gas bills go down because we are saving so much energy by having our homes professionally insulated.

So, while many may wonder if having insulation put in their home is worth it, the truth is that having some level of insulation is pretty much essential. Insulation will save energy; which will save cash, and will also contribute to the conservation of the planet.  If your home isn’t insulated already, it’s unforgivable to not investigate its installation.  So, what are you waiting for? 

Monday, 4 February 2013

Internal, External or Cavity Wall Insulation - Which Should You Choose

A home is where people spend the majority of their time. A house is not just walls and a roof, it is the place where a family is safe and valuables are kept.  However, sometimes that wonderful place to rest and relax can be either too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter.  Why does the home feel so uncomfortable once the weather changes?  An owner of a home might be wondering what to do about the temperature situation.  To help a residence keep a nice comfortable temperature for everyone that lives in it, the answer might be the insulation.  However, there are three different types of insulation a homeowner can choose from, and each type has its own benefits.

Cavity wall insulation:  The space in between walls in normally empty because it is so small that there is no room for anything else.  However, these days that space is just enough for insulation to be placed into it.  The reason why some people prefer to use this type of insulation is because for its environmental considerations.  Because the insulation is placed between the walls, the house is air tight, which means that heating and cooling systems do not have to work as hard.  Heaters and air conditioners put out emissions, and with cavity wall insulation, harmful emissions do not escape into the environment.

Internal wall insulation:  Many people like to take care of their own home improvement.  For those handymen, internal wall insulation is the way to go because they can decide exactly where they want to place it.  The insulation is affordable, and available at any hardware or home improvement store.  A lot of home owners prefer to insulate their house on their own, and internal wall insulation is ideal for them.

External wall insulation:  For people do not want to mess with the internal structure of their home, and may want to try external wall insulation as a way to improve the temperature of the house.  One of the benefits of external wall insulation is that it involves the outside of the home.  If the outer structure is getting old and deteriorating, then this is the perfect chance to take care of those broken bricks or cracked plastic plus add insulation. 

For a person that is looking to add insulation to their home, there are three different types that are available.  Whether it is cavity, internal, or external wall insulation, a home owner will be able to make his home nice and warm, and everyone who lives in that house will now be happy, and comfortable. 

One insulation supplier that I've always found an excellent range of products from is Jablite, and they have a great range for all forms of insulation.  If you'd like to find out more about the company, click here for more info.

The History of Insulation – How Keeping Your Home Warm Has Changed

Everyone has a roof over their head.  Whether it is in a house or an apartment, a human being calls either one or the other home.  A human needs a place to live, but does anyone really think about just how a home keeps a human nice and warm?   There is something in the walls and the ceiling called insulation, and without this wonderful thing called insulation, humans would be very cold or very hot as the seasons changed.   Here is more information on the history of insulation has changed over time.

The old way that homes were insulated:   Back in ancient times, people would often build their homes made out of mud.  The mud was easy to work with when it was wet and it could be shaped into bricks.  Once the mud bricks were dried, they could be formed into a wall of a home.  The mud was very strong, and the homes that had mud walls and a mud roof were very warm in the winter and kept a place cool in the summer time. However, if there was a rainstorm, the bricks would turn soft and the owner would end up having to constantly maintain their home. 

A newer way to keep a home warm: Though mud worked great, and was to get, the constant need to maintain the mud bricks was quite a chore.  By the 1800s, science played a role in paper becoming a new way to insulate a home because it did not allow heat to escape.  Science showed that shredded paper was a good way to insulate and protect a home.

Paper gave way to fiberglass:  A man named Dale Kleis was experimenting with two sheets of glass one day in his lab.  The idea he had was to use air to seal the two glass sheets together, however an accident occurred with a hose and accidentally broke those sheets and turned them into fiber. Upon closer examination of these fibers, he discovered that each fiber was made of made up of tiny piece of glass.  It took him over five years to begin his insulation and create the sheets that everyone is familiar with today.

It may seem to many like one of the driest subjects around, but the ways in which insulation affects our every day life and indeed the planet is incredibly interesting.  With new developments occurring all the time, the history of insulation is merely in its infancy.  The next few centuries plan to be very exciting indeed.

It goes without saying that Wikipedia is an excellent place to find out more about insulation.  But for more specific info, try where you will find some excellent advice and guidance on insulation choices and benefits.