Wall & Loft Insulation
Home insulation is material that can be added to different areas of your house to help your house retain heat. Fitting insulation means that less of the heat your heating system produces leaves your house, meaning that less fuel is needed to heat your house to the same temperature. This saves you money on your energy bills – as much as several hundreds of pounds a year!
The most effective forms of insulation are:
- Loft Insulation – This is generally easy and cheap to do and will result in an immediate saving; it’s like putting a woolly hat on your house! Typical saving: up to £175 a year.
- Cavity Wall Insulation – This is a form of insulation which is injected into the air gap in some types of wall. This is a very cheap but effective way of insulating your house. Typical saving: up to £135 a year.
- Solid Wall Insulation– If your walls do not have a cavity it is possible to add insulation either on the inside or outside of your house’s walls. This costs a little more but is very effective. Typically saving: around £445 – £475.
There is also funding available for wall and loft insulation under the ECO scheme. Under the HHCRO (Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation) part of the scheme you could get loft insulation and cavity wall insulation installed totally free of charge – see if you qualify for free insulation and apply on our HHCRO Free Insulation page.
- What guarantee of workmanship should I look out for in a cavity wall insulation installer?
- Cavity wall insulation installers can sign up to a professional code of practice, such as those provided by the Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency, which guarantees the work for 25 years. The installer should carry out post-installation checks on both the inside and the outside of the property, and you will be asked to sign a form to show you are happy with the work.
- Are there grants available for cavity wall insulation and are there strict criteria as to who is eligible, like with loft insulation?
- There are grants available for cavity wall insulation available through the CERT (Carbon Emissions Reduction Target) scheme, which is available through the energy suppliers. You can apply to any of the larger suppliers regardless of whether you're a customer of theirs. The scheme is now only available through British Gas and Scottish Power, as most of the scheme shave run out - apply now if you could benefit. The ECO (Affordable Warmth) scheme is due to replace CERT, and is currently operating, but has stricter criteria on who's eligible, focusing on less well off customers.
- How do I find out how much loft insulation I have?
- Simply push a tape measure or ruler down the side of a piece of loft insulation until it hits the plasterboard ceiling and read off the depth.
- How long would it take me to insulate my loft?
- Allow about half a day once you have bought the insulation. Remember - you will need one layer of 100mm between your roof joists if you don't have any insulation, then a second layer of 170mm on top (cross layered) to comply with current building regulations. Measure the area of your loft and look at the packaging label for the area contained in a roll.
- Do I need to provide extra ventilation to my loft space if I insulate it?
- That depends on whether it is adequately ventilated at the moment. Increasing the amount of insulation in the loft can lead to condensation of water vapour on any timber there. If your loft is not properly ventilated your installer will advise you, and can install simple vents that will ensure an adequate air flow through the loft.
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