A Guide to Home Insulation Before Winter Hits

Winter is on its way and the topic of keeping warm without paying too high a price is on everyone’s minds. Added to this the fact that British Gas is expected to increase costs by 20% in the next month and suddenly alternative home insulation ideas don’t sound like a bad idea. Already the Citizens Advice Bureau is receiving queries from people who have to choose between buying food or heating their homes.

The rising price of gas and electricity is leading many people to sacrifice heating because they simply cannot afford it. However, as the months get colder there are two easy and efficient home insulation options that can help reduce your heating bills. Cavity wall and loft insulation are excellent for containing warmth, but keep in mind they tend to settle over time, so if you are viewing older houses with estate agents in Paddington or elsewhere, ask whether these have been topped up recently.

More than half of the internal heat in your home escapes through the ceiling and the walls. Draughts coming in through the floors, doors and windows account for an additional 30% of lost heat, which is why it’s essential that your home insulations are all in top condition. Insulation products for the home are generally inexpensive and in some instances they are even free.

Since 2009 more than 1.3 million British homes have had their cavity walls filled as part of the government’s plan to reduce carbon emissions and fuel wastage. While many people remain sceptical, others ask why the British Government would spend so much money on a programme that could lead to them being sued for rising damp problems. While there are certain houses and walls that are simply unsuitable for cavity filling, this is not the case for most houses.

People are often wary when they hear about different types of home insulation, especially having cavity walls filled as they hear stories about how this can lead to rising damp. However, a study of 20 000 homes in the UK showed that while 3.5% of home with filled cavities suffered from damp, 8% of homes that did not have filled cavities suffered from the same problem.

Cavity filling can save you hundreds of pounds on your heating bills. When viewing homes for sale or rent ask your central London estate agents if the houses you are looking at have suitable home insulation so that you can save on your heating bills.

Sally Roberts is a keen writer of property related issues as well as business and investment opportunities.

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