By Fella, Lee
08/02/2013 10:17:35

Domestic Heating Oil and the Benefits of Insulating your Home

A well insulated home has many long term advantages. Significantly it helps reduce heat loss, lowers energy bills, increases comfort and has less of an impact on the environment.

Lower energy bills

Rising energy costs and domestic heating oil bills are putting increasing strain on the disposable income of many households and with poor insulation many homes are effectively just throwing money away. By insulating your home properly you can help cut the cost of both heating and cooling by up to 40% depending on a number of factors such as size of your home and type of property, to keep the bills as low as possible. Improving the insulation on the roof, walls and windows means domestic heating oil systems don’t have to work as hard or long to reach a moderate temperature. It will also maintain and in some cases increase the value of your property by helping to be more efficient.

Reduces Heat Loss

The more thermal insulation your property has the less you will have to rely upon your domestic heating oil to keep you warm. Having it throughout the home means more heating energy that is kept inside helping to keep pleasant temperatures all year round. When domestic heating oil systems, gas or electricity are used to heat the home it first warms up the air then the masonry. Poor insulation results in energy being released and then not used effectively with up to 30% of energy possibly going to waste just through outside walls.

Less Environmental Impact

A well insulated home means maximised energy efficiency and less CO2 emissions which directly contribute towards protecting the environment. Domestic heating oil, other fossil fuels and different types of energy give off CO2 amongst other harmful ‘greenhouse gases’. By reducing the release of these from your home you can promote healthy sustainability for the environment.

Comfort

Dry, warm and comfortable to live in is the expectation of most homes. A fully insulated property provides all of this by keeping the movement of heat to a minimum so you stay cosy during the winter and cool in the summer. It will also prevent condensation from occurring that can result in persistent, potentially harmful mould growing. 

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