A Beginner’s Guide to Buying the Right Insulation for Domestic Use

26 March 2021

The right insulation needs are often overlook for domestic use. The insulation maintenance is most often disregarded unless something goes terribly wrong. In order to regulate and maintain your insulation you have to assess its needs and addressed it. Here is a beginner’s guide to buying the right insulation for domestic use.

What is Insulation?

If you have an adequate heating system in your house but it’s still cold, then there’s a simple solution. You need to review the insulation in your home. Insulation is like a snug blanket around your house that stops all that heat you’ve created from disappearing outside. With the right insulation, your house will stay warm during the winter. Insulation is usually placed in the ceiling, the floors and the walls.

So the first step you need to take is to evaluate your existing insulation. First of all, find out if there is any insulation in your house. Once you’ve done this, assess the quality of the existing insulation. If you need to improve your existing insulation or would like to start from scratch, then you need to decide the type of insulation that is best suited for your house.

Find the Best Ceiling Insulation

The greatest heat loss occurs in the ceiling. About 40% of heat loss from a non-insulated house is through the roof, due to the tendency of warm air to rise. High levels of ceiling insulation provide the highest benefit in terms of energy savings.

Look for the Right Wall Insulation

A significant heat loss of approximately 20 – 30 percent occurs through the walls. Wall insulation levels should be maximized when the building is constructed, because upgrading at a later stage is difficult and expensive.

Don’t Forget Floor Insulation

The heat loss area in the floor is about 10 – 15 percent Effective under-floor insulation removes that cold air layer pushing all your heat to the ceiling. If the under-floor insulation material is also a vapour barrier, it will prevent ground moisture moving into the house.

Check Your Insulation Installers

Blankets or segments, made from fibreglass, polyester or wool, can be put into ceilings and walls, as can loose-fill insulation, like cellulose, or foam insulation. These products can go into the walls and ceilings of houses while they are being built. In existing houses, they can only be installed in accessible ceiling cavities.

For floors, reflective insulation systems like aluminium foils are effective in reducing downward heat flow. Rigid insulation which can be made from plastic foams or polystyrene can also be used as under-floor insulation.

For more information, contact D&D Insulation Services. We supply and offer a complete batt installation service, for new and existing homes for all types of batts (thermal and acoustic), foils and blankets. An extensive range of polyester, fibreglass and wool products is available for acoustic and thermal applications.


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