Old buildings are naturally less energy efficient than newer ones. This is simply because of the fact that many of these older properties lack insulation. New builds feature it as standard these days. However, there is a way to improve the older ones. The way is by retrofitting thermal insulation. It is possible to add this to walls, floors, ceilings, and roofs.
A long term solution
In their ECO3 release the UK Government said that the best long term solution for improving the energy efficiency of buildings was insulation. They pointed to the fact that installing it would reduce energy consumption and improve comfort in properties.
The thing to keep in mind is that a full third of lost heat can be through external walls if they lack insulation. This can be especially bad in winter when the temperatures outside are really low.
Which type of thermal insulation to choose?
The solution is to install the right insulation. There are lots of options, from foam to mineral wool, boards, and fibreglass. It is vital to choose the most effective type. This will depend on a number of things, including the kind of walls you have. It is also important to think about how the insulation will affect the fire proofing.
If your home was built before 1919 your external walls are probably solid. This can make it harder and more expensive to fit insulation retroactively. However, you can do this by adding insulation to the interior or exterior. The benefit can be a really big reduction in your heating bills.
Homes built after 1919 are most likely to have cavity walls. That means there is a gap between the inner and outer leaves of each wall. As a result, it is possible to add insulation into this gap. Installers can drill holes in the wall and then use modern equipment to install the insulation. It can be very fast and effective. However, it is vital they choose the right material and install it properly. Failure to do so can result in issues with damp or structural problems.
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So, if you need any help, please contact us.