Benefits of Lagging and Insulating Your House
It is not just you who feels the cold, your home does too! It isn’t just you who needs to wrap up warm, pipes and other parts of your house need to be kept snug too with insulation. Insulation helps to slow the heat flow into your home in summer.
There are so many benefits to insulating your home and there are a lot of ways to do it. Let’s take a look at a few of the benefits that come from insulation.
1/ Cost: Cooling and heating costs can be cut by 40% or more. Heaters and air conditioners don’t have to work so hard or for as long if you insulate the ceiling of your house. This can potentially save 20-30% of electricity bills!
2/ Better for The Environment: By insulating your house, the consumption of fossil fuels is reduced. These fuels all add to the greenhouse effect so by insulating your home you are doing your part in helping the environment.
3/Controlling Condensation: When the surface temperature is at or below the dew-point of the air it is in contact with, condensation occurs on ceilings and roofs. Condensation equals mould and mildew which is not only ugly, but bad for the health of you and your loved ones.
4/Absorbs Sound: Noise transmission through floors, ceilings and walls is reduced as insulation is a sound absorber. This is great if you live near a noisy road or have neighbours who like to think that they are Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock!
Ways of Insulating Your Home
Pipe Lagging: Visit a pipe lagging suppliers and order plenty of lagging, as this is an easy and cheap way to insulate your home. No tools are necessary, and lagging could save you a lot of money and problems down the track by preventing burst pipes and flooding.
Cover inside and outside pipes with a foam tube which is lagging. Covering hot water pipes reduces your energy bill and keeps your water hotter for a longer period of time.
Plug up any gaps and holes you may have. This can be done easily with soft foam seal tape. Gaps around windows and doors up to 1-5mm benefit from this. Cut as much self-adhesive tape as you need and stick it over the gaps.
If your windows are single glazed, double glazing is what you need. This can be done by professionals or you can go the DIY route. If you choose to do it yourself, get some secondary glazing film; this is see-through, clear film that you stick to your windows to keep out the draught. This is a good temporary measure, temporary because as soon as you open your window you need to reapply a new layer. This is perfect if you have a long winter ahead and don’t plan on opening all the windows anytime soon!
Floors need insulation too. How you insulate floors depends on the type of floors you have but a big, thick rug thrown down will help keep warmth in. Get a flooring professional to have a look and advise you on what is best.
Walls can be solid or cavity walls, these need to be insulated too. Cavity walls let less heat out than solid walls do.
If you are unsure, talk to a professional insulation company and ask for advice. If you are going to go the DIY route, it would be a good idea to do some research and talk to your hardware shop who will give you recommendations on what will be best for you.