Did you know that if you insulate your home you could benefit from a warmer home and save money on your energy bills? According to the Energy Saving Trust, loft insulation could save £10-225 per year, cavity wall insulation could save £70-225 per year, or solid wall insulation could save £120-425 per year, the savings will vary depending on your property.
Some households may be eligible for free insulation if someone living in the property is in receipt of certain benefits as there are grants available to cover or contribute to the cost of insulation. Use our home insulation grant checker to see if you are eligible.
If you haven’t been in your loft for a while it might be worth having a quick look to see how much insulation is in there. If it’s less than 100mm of insulation you should consider getting it topped up as the current recommended level is 270mm. You can install loft insulation yourself but this is not advisable due to the health and safety risks which include ensuring that any electrical wiring is safe and that there is adequate ventilation to prevent condensation. We can help you find a local installer who can assess your needs and install the most appropriate insulation safely with an industry-backed guarantee.
If your loft has been boarded out then you may have insulation underneath the boards, and unless you want to remove all the boards then your loft won’t be able to be insulated.
There are many types of wall insulation which cater for different wall types. A lot of UK properties built after 1932 are cavity wall construction and therefore are able to be filled with insulation. Cavity wall insulation is installed by drilling a hole in the wall between the bricks and blowing the insulation material into the cavity. Properties that were built after 1990 are likely to have been built with insulation in the walls.
Solid wall and non-standard construction properties are generally unable to be filled with insulation but they can still be insulated either internally or externally. Internal insulation is a very intrusive form of insulation as it requires moving all fittings on the externally facing walls in order to apply insulation boards and material, which also reduces the size of the room. External insulation is less intrusive but involves layering insulation boards and render to the outside of the property. This doesn’t only insulate your property but gives it a facelift too. There are many decorative finishes available such as classic render, pebbledash, and brick effect. External insulation does require permission as well as building control sign off after completion.
Checking for suitability
It is important that you get professional advice about whether your property is suitable for insulation and that you seek any permissions that are required before work commences. Wall insulation inspections can involve inserting a borescope into the wall to check for any issues or existing insulation. We can help you find a local installer who is a qualified installer who is registered with the NIA, CIGA, or BBA that can check your walls and install the most appropriate insulation. They will also provide you with an industry-backed guarantee (CIGA for cavity wall and SWIGA for solid wall insulation).
Checking insulation quality
Once insulation has been installed it is advisable to have the insulation checked by a qualified and registered professional (as per above), especially if you are experiencing issues with heat loss, damp, or condensation. The causes of these could be due to deterioration of old insulation material, inadequate ventilation, gaps in the insulation, or debris in the cavity. If you require your insulation checking, let us help you find a local installer who can investigate the issue and check on any guarantees to help with the cost of repairs.
With so many insulation options open to you and the potential savings that you can make, it’s worth investigating what can be done to make your home warmer and cheaper to run especially with rising energy bills. Enter your details into our home insulation grant checker to see if you are eligible for any help with the costs and to find a local installer.