Some Useful Home Insulation Tips And Energy Saving Ideas
There are many things you can do to make add insulation to your home. Some are smaller projects, while others will take considerable time and effort to plan and execute. But here are some home improvement tips and energy saving ideas to consider.
1) Insulate hot water and heating pipes
Especially if you are living in an older house you should check if hot water and heating pipes are insulated. This is particularly important if the pipes run along un-insulated cavities or in an attic space.
As long as all the pipes are not hidden in walls this can be a relatively straightforward job to do. DYI stores like Home Depot can provide you with foam insulation. This comes in different lengths and diameters, so you need to know how thick the pipes are.
Once you have the right insulation it is simply a job of wrapping it around any exposed and easily accessible piping. This can make a very big difference to your heating system, as heat is not lost in spaces where it is not needed.
2) Double or triple glazing
Windows is where houses lose most of their heat. Double glazing has been very common for many decades and is certainly a huge improvement on single glazing. However, these days you can get triple glazing which reduces heat exchange between the inside and outside of a building.
This certainly is a big and expensive project to undertake. If you have an old house with single glazing, then this is a hugely advisable thing to do. As mentioned already, most heat exchange takes part through windows. Before yo make a final decision you are probably best off hiring a specialist.
3) Service heating boiler regularly
Strictly speaking this is not an insulation tip, but it is something that will greatly improve the efficiency of your hot water and heating system. Just like cars, hot water boilers have to be serviced regularly.
If this is done at least every 2 years then your boiler may start performing worse than it should. This will result in more fuel use to achieve the same output.
4) Replace an open fireplace with a solid fuel stove
Everyone enjoys an open fire in the winter; there is something very comforting about it. But, up to 70% of the generated heat will escape through the chimney. That is a huge waste and the heat would be much better used if were to stay in the home.
Solid fuel stoves have become very popular and you can even get ones with a glass front so you still get the visual appeal of the flames. A good installation will result in the closing off of the fireplace, which reduced a draft to the outside.
Heat loss directly from the fire is hugely reduced with over 65% staying in the house. And the reduction of the draft from the chimney means that more heat stays in the building.