A good house insulation can provide you with two very important things. A comfortable and cozy living space, protected from the outside elements, and lower bills to pay for electricity or gas. We all have a preferred temperature for our house we consider comfortable and we want that to be constant. But the outside elements throughout the year can vary drastically, so our house and our heating or cooling systems can regulate those variations. The result is though high energy consumption. Especially when you want to invest in green renewable energy, a poorly insulated house that is leaking energy defeats the purpose.
A properly insulated house will remain warm during harsh winters and cool during summer, and will keep the energy costs as low as possible. There are many factors that influence the energy efficiency of your house insulation, but generally the level of comfort and saving you get from having insulation make it a must for your home. The investment you make in insulating the house will pay itself back from the saving you will make year after year.
New homes that are being built nowadays generally have good insulation, and have good energy efficiency standards. But the older a house is, the more problems it poses. When they were initially built, the techniques and materials back then were far apart from today’s standards. These older houses will benefit the most from adding proper insulation. You will lose less heat during winters, and summers they will be more comfortable.
There are several areas where you can focus to insulate your home. The walls, the roof, the windows, floors, they all are more or less affected by heat loss. Since they are the largest part of your house, the walls lose most of the energy and insulating them will bring you the most benefit. Then there is the roof the roof, second in place when it comes to energy loss. It is followed by windows and doors, and then the floors.
There are several materials that are used for their insulating properties. Wool and cotton are widely used, because they have tiny pockets of air in their structure providing insulation. Polyurethane foam and wooden boards are also used to insulate homes. The walls can have internal insulation- inside the rooms, or external insulation, covering the facade. Double glazing or triple glazing windows, and doors, can retain heat and insulate much better than the ones with a single sheet of glass. Sealants and foam strips should be used to eliminate the gaps and cracks around windows and doors, preventing the heat from escaping and cold air coming in.
Having a good, new generation boiler or central heating system, a smart thermostat, can also reduce the utility bills. You should be able to adjust the temperatures in different parts of the house depending on their usage, and thus reduce unnecessary costs. There is a good mix of materials, techniques of insulating and reducing the costs for any type of building, where you also take the costs and benefits into consideration so you can have the optimal result.