Sometimes, significant expenditure on electricity can seem like a necessary evil for keeping your home warm. However, having the right type of insulation fitted in your home can help you cut the expense of your heating bills, as you could prevent as much heat escaping.
Most of a home's heat loss is through the walls and roof, eco-home-essentials.co.uk states. Fortunately, both can be easily and effectively insulated if you choose the right materials.
All in all it was just a cavity in the wall
If you live in the UK, your home likely has either solid walls or cavity walls. What is the difference? A cavity wall is actually effectively two walls stood parallel to each other. In-between those walls is a gap called the cavity. A solid wall, by contrast, is just a single wall.
Your house likely has cavity walls if it was built following the 1920s; however, if you are still unsure, the Energy Saving Trust details ways of discerning whether a wall is a cavity one. If you do have cavity walls, the best insulation for them would be the unsurprisingly-named cavity wall insulation.
This insulation would fill in troublesome gaps after, from the house's exterior, being blown into the cavity. If the house is newer than 20 years old, it might already have this insulation.
A solid choice for solid walls
In most UK areas, solid wall properties were constructed until the 1930s, The Telegraph reports. Typically comprising brick or stone, solid walls are trickier to insulate than cavity walls. This is hardly convenient given that solid walls also leak heat in greater amounts than the cavity equivalents.
However, if your property's walls are indeed solid ones, you can opt to have them insulated either internally or externally. With the former, insulation boards would be fitted to the walls - a process called dry lining. Externally insulating the building, meanwhile, would require insulation material being laid on top of the outer walls and then concealed with cladding or cement.
That approach would have the drawback of altering the home's outside appearance; this helps explain why internal insulation might ultimately be the better option for you.
Because your gold... insulation is great for that roof
To what extent is your roof responsible for heat that escapes the house? A large extent, basically; 25% of that heat is lost through that roof. There are various forms of insulation from which you can choose for your roof, but there's a gold standard of roof insulation you shouldn't overlook.
That type of insulation is called... TLX Gold. With this 2-in-1 insulating breather membrane, you can benefit from a roof that is especially thermally effective while being free of condensation.Furthermore, you might not even need to have the roof's height changed in any fashion if you opt for TLX Gold insulation. That's certainly the case if your home is in North East England and you arrange for Durham roofing company Findley Roofing & Building to carry out the installation work.