How to Improve Home Insulation? Decoding the Mysteries

Matt Keane
January 5, 2023

Winter winds howling or summer sun blazing might make you yearn for a more comfortable indoor environment. This is where home insulation comes to your rescue.

Insulation acts as a barrier, keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Proper insulation can control your energy bills and create a more energy-efficient home. But how exactly can you achieve this?

Let's dive into some practical methods for improving your home's insulation. Remember, choosing the right method for your specific home type is crucial.

1. Floor Insulation: The Foundation of Comfort

Insulating your floor is an excellent step towards a cosy and energy-efficient home. Insulation can be installed regardless of your flooring type: concrete, wood, tile, or vinyl.

Consider installing insulation beneath the floorboards if your home includes a basement or crawlspace. This small investment can yield a significant return, keeping your living space comfortable year-round.

2. Attic Insulation: Your Topmost Priority

In winter, heat rises to the top of your house, making your attic a critical area for insulation. Adequate attic insulation ensures a warm and comfortable home, reducing winter energy consumption and costs.

3. Drylining Insulation: An Economical Approach

Drylining insulation, featuring a layer of insulation sandwiched between two sheets of plasterboard, is a cost-effective method for home improvement.

This easy-to-install insulation method suits all types of homes and can significantly improve your home's energy efficiency.

4. External Insulation: Embrace the Barrier

External insulation traps air between the insulation and your home's wall, creating an effective thermal barrier. It's an excellent way to ensure your home stays warm in winter and cool in summer, enhancing comfort and energy efficiency.

5. Cavity Wall Insulation: The Hidden Hero

Often overlooked, Cavity Wall Insulation can make a dramatic difference in your home's comfort and energy efficiency. It's installed between the inner and outer walls of your home, effectively keeping the heat in during the winter and out in the summer.

6. Draught-Proofing: A Small Step, A Big Impact

Draught-proofing involves sealing off cracks and openings that allow air to escape, making your building more energy efficient.

Whether implemented internally or externally, this method is a cost-effective way to boost your home's insulation, reducing energy bills and enhancing comfort.

7. Window Insulation: A Pane No More

Windows are a significant contributor to heat loss in homes. However, effective window insulation can reduce energy costs and enhance comfort. Here are some types:

Window insulation film: This thin plastic sheet attaches to the inside of the window frame, preventing heat from escaping during the winter and entering during the summer.

Window quilts: These custom-fit blankets cover windows as an effective thermal barrier.

Window insulation foam: Apply this foam sealant to the edges of windows and doors to create an airtight seal, preventing heat loss.

DIY Tips for Economic Insulation Improvements

You can make impactful insulation improvements without draining your wallet or requiring extensive time. Here are some quick tips:

  • Detect and seal air leaks around windows and doors using weather stripping or caulk.
  • Install storm windows and doors for improved insulation during extreme weather conditions.
  • Use thermal curtains on sun-facing windows to prevent heat gain.
  • Switch from incandescent light bulbs to more energy-efficient CFL or LED bulbs
  • Install a programmable thermostat for effective temperature control.
  • Use a programmable humidifier in the winter and a dehumidifier in the summer to maintain comfortable humidity levels.
  • Deploy light-tight curtains, blinds, and drapes to minimise heat loss.

Leverage House Insulation Grants for Energy Efficiency

While the initial cost of insulating your home can seem high, there are financial aids available to homeowners in Ireland. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) offers several grants to offset the cost of home insulation.

These grants can make your journey towards an energy-efficient home much more affordable.

SEAI Home Energy Grants

SEAI provides a range of energy grants for homeowners built before 2006. These include grants for attic insulation, wall insulation (both internal and external), and heating system upgrades. The value of the grant depends on the type of work being carried out, with potential savings of up to €6,000.

Warmer Homes Scheme

For homeowners who meet specific criteria, such as being of a certain age or receiving certain social welfare payments, the Warmer Homes Scheme provides free energy efficiency improvements. These include attic insulation, cavity wall insulation, and even energy advice.

To apply for these grants or to check your eligibility, visit the SEAI website or contact them directly. It's important to note that all work must be completed by an SEAI-registered contractor to qualify for these grants.

Insulating your home is an investment in comfort and a step towards a greener planet. With these grants, the journey towards a more energy-efficient home is within reach for every homeowner in Ireland.

Wrapping Up

By following these tips, you can improve your home's insulation and save substantially on energy bills. Plus, you're contributing to a healthier planet by consuming less energy. If you're uncomfortable performing these tasks, don't hesitate to contact BuildTech.

Remember, incorrect insulation installation can lead to safety issues and inefficiency.

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