Benefits of Home Insulation

There’s no escaping the increasing focus on energy efficiency in the modern world, and for the homeowner, the largest part of this discussion centres around insulation. Insulation in the home takes many forms, such as cavity wall insulation, underfloor insulation, and double glazing, all of which contribute to keeping a home energy efficient.

But insulation isn’t just a matter for environmentalists. Insulation has a host of tangible benefits for the homeowner. Let’s take a look at a few.

Cost

Let’s put it up front, because it’s the chief concern for a lot of people. The initial cost for insulation and full double glazing can be an eye-opener, but as an investment in your home’s future, it’s second to none. Energy bills are always some of the largest expenses, but good insulation drives down the need to run heating and AC, bringing with it some staggering savings. Over time, the insulation will more than pay for itself. Depending on where you live, you might even be able to obtain a grant from your local government to mitigate the initial cost.

Comfort

Good insulation keeps a house warm in the winter and cool in the summer, creating a comfortable living space without the need for layering up, drying out the air with heating systems, or killing the environment with AC. Insulation creates a level of natural comfort in your home, allowing you to feel truly relaxed. With insulation, you might find you get a better night’s sleep, and have one less reason to stay bundled up in bed come the morning.

Sound Dampening

Insulation along with double glazing can greatly reduce external sounds, and also dampen noise echoing within the house. In turn, you can look forward to deeper sleep, more privacy, and a better relationship with your neighbours. This goes hand-in-hand with the increased comfort listed above, making your house not just a shelter from the elements, but a home. After all, noise complaints are one of the largest downsides of urban living.

Environmental

Even leaving aside the thorny issue of global warming, just one look at a smoggy metropolis such as Beijing makes it clear that the human impact on the environment isn’t up for debate. So it’s in our best interests, and the interests of our children, to do everything we can to mitigate our footprint on the natural world. Insulation greatly reduces energy expenditure, in turn decreasing fuel use and pollutants ejected into the air. It might feel like a drop in the bucket, but the more people who take to insulating their homes, the brighter our future.

Resale Value

When you come to sell your property, you’ll find that homes with decent insulation fetch a far better price on the market. Homebuyers are more energy-aware than ever, so your home is less likely to be snapped up than a comparable property with better insulation and full double glazing. Double glazing in particular is considered almost essential by most would-be buyers, with single glazing a mark of an outmoded property – with the rare exception of certain listed buildings.
So despite the initial cost, insulating and double glazing are sure to be one of the best long-term investments you can make in your home.

Windows and Home Insulation

How double glazing can help save money on your energy bills

Are you among the growing number of people who are worried about the ever-increasing cost of energy? For many of us, the arrival of springtime and warmer weather used to mean less money spent on heating. Nowadays we’re seeing very little of these savings, as the cost of warming our home rises every year and this is where double glazing can help.

It’s thought that the Big Six energy suppliers will continue to raise prices 2017, with some already reporting a projected price growth of almost 10%. While these hikes can create a real crisis in affordability, one way to fight back is to start conserving more energy at home to reduce the amount of waste.

Reduce your costs with home insulation

Home insulation provides a clever way to help you conserve more energy whilst also helping you reduce your carbon footprint.

If you’re wondering insulation works, think of any drinks flask you will have lying around your kitchen: it’s able to keep both hot soup warm and iced-tea cold. As air is a terrible conductor of heat, the tiny pockets of air that are trapped allow hardly any energy to pass through them.

Various types of insulating materials have different properties, so they’re suitable for different parts of your home. Attic insulation, cavity wall insulation and wrapping pipes and water heaters all help conserve energy. As do draught-proof doors, floorboard insulation and double glazed windows.

If you are worried about being able to afford insulation, there are government grants available. You can answer a few questions here to see if you qualify.

Although there are various methods of home insulation, adding double glazing could make the most sense in the long run if you plan on eventually selling your property.

Save money with double glazing windows

The great thing about double glazing is that it can help both cut your energy bills right now and boost your home’s resale value in the future. They work just like the previous drinks flask example, as they help keep heat inside your home in winter and keep it outside during summer.

Buyers may look to see if your home has double glazing fitted, as thousands of homes in the U.K. currently do. The price can vary, and usually depends on the size of your home, the type of window and how many you would like fitted. The top ten double glazing companies are listed on this site to assist you further.

Here’s a few benefits to double glazing over traditional wooden frame windows:

  • They insulate your home, meaning fewer draughts and lower bills
  • They reduce condensation, helping fight against mould and mildew
  • They reduce noise from outside, allowing more peace and quiet
  • They have better security, as they are harder to break into

If your home has loads of traditional period features, you can opt to have wooden fittings over the usual uPVC, which will help preserve their historical charm. This also helps the resale value of the house too, as buyers will look for authenticity when choosing older homes.
Are you worried about the rising cost of energy prices, or would like to know more information about double glazing windows? Let us know in the comments.