How to fully insulate your house

Insulation

Insulating your house can make an enormous impact on your home heat retention and help to reduce your heating bills.

Stop energy loss via the doors. Fit draught excluders around all exterior doors, and interior if needs be. Sealant strips can be bought cheaply from DIY stores and are very easy to fit – just like applying sticky tape. Don’t forget to get a brush trim for letter boxes, bigger gaps and the bottom of doors.

Ensure the windows are well insulated. Cracks and crevices around window frames are a popular escape point for warm air. To check for weak points in your window, run the palm of your hand around the edge of the frame. If you feel a breeze, you’ve got a hole. Patch the weak points up with a putty or sealer.

Consider double glazing. It’s worth investing in double glazing if you don’t already have it. This could save you between up to hundreds of dollars or pounds on your annual heating bill.

Use window dressings to assist. Closing curtains or blinds after dark also traps in the warm air and prevents draughts. And it looks cosier too! Use curtains and blinds with thermal backing for added warmth retention.

Fill any floor gaps. Most homes have gaps between the skirting board and the floor, and if your have floorboards there’s likely to be a few gaps between them too. This is a job for the silicone sealer. If you have a wood floor and want to insulate thoroughly, you could get the experts in to fit floor insulation beneath the boards. Putting a rug down isn’t a bad idea either.

Insulate the loft or attic. Laying loft insulation on the average home can save a whopping 1 tonne of carbon dioxide a year, and make a major dent in you bills. This is one of the most efficient energy savings options, it is cheap and simple, any person with no experience can do this.

Wrap your hot water tank in a cosy 80 mm jacket. This will cut heat loss by up to 75 %, and you’ll recoup the cost of it in less than 6 months.

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