You might have heard or read a lot about cavity wall insulation and you might be acutely aware of what it offers but have you ever thought about the advantages that come with it?
While every part of the home should be insulated correctly, there are those parts of any property that should take priority over others because they are more difficult to insulate. This is particularly true when it comes to cavity wall insulation. Unlike other areas of the home, the cavity sits between the interior brick work and the exterior brickwork and the only way it could be accessed is by removing several bricks or by knocking down the walls but this is not advised.
So, when it comes to cavity wall insulation, the only way to do this successfully is to penetrate into the wall in order to feed insulating material into the cavity. When insulation is not present, it leaves a void and that means that heat can escape from the interior of the home while cold air can also make its way into your property. So, insulation is installed within the cavity to prevent warm air from escaping and cold air from getting in.
There are a few methods available to install cavity wall insulation. When it comes to materials, the most commonly used is Rockwool which is either laid or blown into the cavity while polystyrene is also used. Whatever you choose, the entire cavity will be filled with insulation and that is designed to create a barrier that reduces heat loss and brings with it a wealth of benefits that we will discuss below.
Many people need cavity wall insulation as a retrofit, which means that it is installed after the property has been built and for those properties built between 1924 and 1982, there is a likelihood that no cavity insulation is installed which means that those properties are not as cost-effective or energy-efficient as they could be. Therefore, it’s important to understand the advantages and these reasons below are the advantages that come with cavity wall insulation.
One of the main advantages that you have to recognise when installing cavity wall insulation is the way in which it can help you save money. When you lose heat through your walls and cold air comes into your home, your heating will need to work harder to maintain a stable temperature.
However, when you choose to install cavity wall insulation, you will be able to reduce the amount of heat that is lost and that can help to reduce the amount of energy you use. With lower energy consumption comes savings and for many, that’s one of the main advantages of having this installed.
If you are losing heat then that is going to have an impact on the environment. However, if your heating is going to need to work harder to keep your home warm then it is going to rely on more energy. The more energy that you use, the bigger the impact you have on the environment.
With increased usage comes more carbon emissions. Therefore, by choosing to have insulation installed, a lower amount of energy used will mean that fewer emissions are released into the atmosphere which leads to a smaller carbon footprint.
The technology used during the process of installing cavity wall insulation has changed and now it is quick, simple and clean, making it an easy process. Many people found that the process was too invasive and left too many holes in the exterior of their property but this has changed. It is now possible to install insulation through one hole which is enough to fill the whole cavity.
Many modern homes suffer from condensation and moisture and that can lead to mould. This occurs with colder temperatures and warm temperatures meet but it can cause significant damage to your property. One way of overcoming this problem is to install insulation.
As mentioned, condensation occurs when hot air meets cold surfaces and this is why you commonly see mould around windows. So, with insulation, you will have the ability to maintain a constant temperature of your walls and that means that condensation and moisture will be reduced.
As you lose heat without insulation, you’ll find that the temperature in your home can fluctuate and that can mean that you often feel cold and uncomfortable. However, when you have the scope to maintain a stable temperature, you will not only feel more comfortable but it is also better for your health.