It’s cold. The extra layers are on, and so are all the heaters. It’s the time of year when the house seems impossible to heat, and you dread the upcoming power bill. Sound familiar? If so, it likely means that your home needs to be more energy efficient. The best way to achieve this is to have insulation professionally installed. Even if your home is already partially insulated, you’ll be surprised at the significant improvements that can yet be made. Read on to find out more about the benefits of having insulation in winter.
Without proper insulation installed, heat is escaping your home 24/7. This obviously makes heating much more difficult to keep on top of. As a rule of thumb, an uninsulated house requires twice as much heating as an insulated house. This is because insulation ensures the retention of natural heat, making for a faster and more effective heating process. But is the difference really that noticeable? The answer is a resounding yes. According to a 2011 study by Wellington’s Victoria University, participants reported that their house was “significantly warmer” with insulation installed. They also noticed much less visible mould around their home.
The same study also showed a significant drop in energy use once a house was insulated. As you might expect, this reduces heating costs significantly each month. That means your insulation will actually pay for itself and more in no time, thanks to these ongoing energy savings. It is also worth noting that electricity prices are likely to continue rising, so insulation is a great way to future proof against this as well.
Research from the World Health Organisation show that your family is much more likely to suffer from colds and/or asthma if your home is consistently below 18°C. Unsurprisingly, the Wellington study also found data to back this up. Researchers noticed that people in insulated homes were significantly healthier than those whose homes were not insulated. These results included self-reported good health, less sick days, less visits to the GP, and less admissions to hospital for respiratory conditions.
For those wanting a warmer home, a lower heating bill, and a healthier family, insulation really is a no-brainer. It is an investment with both short term and long term benefits, especially during the wintertime. If you’d like to know how your home could be more energy efficient, contact Bay Energy Solutions for a free home assessment. Our experts can talk you through the best options available, and provide a free cost estimate if necessary.