The best way to keep your home feeling toasty this season is to insulate it – and doing this properly will help you save on your energy bill. There are a couple of different types of insulation available, and you can insulate your walls, loft and flooring to really make the most out of your spend on home heating oil in Ireland.
So where do you think you need to insulate your home? In Ireland, most people start with the loft space. When you have your heating switched on, hot air rises, and if you don’t have your loft well insulated it will simply rise up and away and out of your home. Your attic can be easily insulated with blanket insulation, which is one of the easiest materials to install (as it comes in rolls with foil backing), and one of the most cost effective ways to save on your energy bill at home. It simply needs to be unrolled in your attic space. The recommended depth of insulation in your loft is around 270mm, and if you have pipes in the attic don’t forget to use pipe insulation on these too.
If you’re looking at alternatives to blanket insulation for your loft, some materials need to be carried out by a professional with specialist equipment – so if in doubt, ask!
Cavity wall insulation is probably the next step on your quest to save on your energy bills this winter, and will make your home more energy efficient. This isn’t a solution for all homes however, most new homes will already have this – but it’s worth looking into if your home was built between 1920 and 2000. It’s slightly more expensive than loft insulation, and works by filling the hole or ‘cavity’ in between your inner and outer walls. This type of insulation requires a trained professional to carry out the work, so you can’t do it yourself although it should be relatively quick to do. It works by drilling small holes in the outer wall of your home and using a pump to fill the space in between with an insulating foam. Insulating your home this way is a definite way to notice a difference in warmth and reduction in heating costs.
Are your toes getting cold? If you’ve tried cosy rugs over your floors and draft proofing your floors and it’s just not the same, then you might want to consider underfloor insulation. This is a great option if you have access to the crawlspace under the floorboards, otherwise it’s a bit more hassle as you will need to take up the floorboards or carpet. This type of insulation is normally glass or mineral wool and is best used on the ground floor. The most important thing to remember with this type of insulation is that you will need adequate ventilation, otherwise your floorboards will rot. While this type of insulation might not help you save on your energy bills to the same extent as the other two methods mentioned, it is relatively quick and easy to do.