Types of insulation
There are two main types of insulation for your home – bulk and reflective foil insulation. Bulk insulation is the most versatile and caters to different needs and spaces within your home. It uses air pockets with a thick material to slow the flow of heat.
There are different types of bulk insulation:
- Batts or blanket insulation: This is great for ceiling insulation when dealing with a flat ceiling and a pitched metal or tile roof. The range of batts and blankets that may be suitable for ceiling insulation include polyester, natural wool, glass wool and rockwool.
- Board insulation: Board insulation can be useful in cathedral ceilings where there is very little space between the ceiling and the roof. Board insulation is available in extruded polystyrene, with or without foil.
- Loose-fill insulation: Loose-fill insulation is used in ceilings; however, it may experience settling over time, leading to a decrease in its efficiency. Loose-fill insulation is available in cellulose fibre, polyester, natural wool and granulated rockwool.
Benefits of insulation
Investing in proper insulation can pay big dividends when it comes to cutting your heating and cooling costs. It also provides other major benefits, including:
- More comfort: Insulation keeps indoor temperatures stable, eliminating cold spots and creating a cosy environment.
- Energy efficiency: By minimising heat transfer, insulation reduces the need for constant heating or cooling, leading to lower energy bills.
- Sound dampening: Insulation not only keeps temperatures steady but also reduces outside noise infiltration, creating a quieter indoor ambiance.
- Healthier air inside: Effective insulation helps create airtight spaces that keep allergens and pollutants from entering your home.
- Environmental impact: By reducing energy consumption, insulation contributes to lowering greenhouse gas emissions and conserving natural resources.
How to improve your home’s insulation
Transitioning to proper insulation involves several steps:
- Assess: First, identify areas in your home that require insulation, such as attics, walls, floors, and crawl spaces.
- Material selection: Choose the type of insulation that suits each area's needs. Consult experts to ensure you make informed decisions.
- Professional installation: Proper installation is key to achieving insulation's full benefits. Hiring experienced professionals ensures a seamless and effective installation.
- Regular maintenance: Insulation can degrade over time, so periodic checks and maintenance help prolong its efficiency.