Making sure your walls are properly insulated is one of the best things you can do for your home. After ceilings, walls are the largest source of heat loss or gain in a house. Ensuring that you have proper wall insulation can make your home significantly warmer. Installing wall insulation is a big job though, so where do you start? Keep reading for our complete guide to wall insulation.
Up to 25% of a home’s insulation can be lost through the walls. With the potential to lose a quarter of your home’s heat, it should be a top priority to ensure that your walls are insulated. This will also help to prevent dampness and condensation on your walls which can lead to mould and other long-term problems. A damp home has also been proven to be a large contributor to common illnesses like the cold and flu, as well as more severe conditions like asthma.
Many people worry about the cost of insulation. However, insulation should be considered an investment into the health of your home and your family. A well-insulated home will be more energy-efficient and regulate heat with ease. This will bring down your power bills for years to come and will eventually pay for itself.
There are two methods of wall insulation, the first is bulk insulation and the second is known as blown-in or injected insulation. Injected insulation requires drilling small holes into existing lining or cladding and inserting it into the wall. At Bay Energy Solutions, we specialise in bulk insulation, and highly recommend it due to its superior quality. This type of insulation can be installed in existing walls, the GIB or wall lining will just need to be removed prior. You can either do this yourself, or contact a qualified builder. If you are renovating or building a new home, bulk insulation is even easier to install.
The most effective types of insulation are glasswool and polyester. These are both highly efficient insulators. We stock Earthwool insulation, which is a more environmentally friendly type of glasswool. We also stock polyester insulation from Mammoth. These products are both non-toxic, non-allergenic, and mould and vermin resistant. These are also both made from recycled materials and recyclable.
Polyester insulation is more highly regarded for its premium noise-cancelling benefits and lack of breathable fibres. This makes polyester insulation a great option for those with dust allergies or asthma. Glasswool insulation is a non-combustible material with bio-soluble fibres which makes it a very safe choice. The Earthwool products we stock are also often the preferred choice for the environmentally conscious consumer. We can recommend a product based on your needs when we conduct our free home assessment.
We hope that this has been a helpful overview of wall insulation. If you are looking to install insulation during a new build or in an existing home, get in touch with us for a free home assessment and competitive quote. We know that installing wall insulation is a big job and we are here to help.