4 Benefits of Insulating Your Home

There are many long term advantages of a well insulated home which can be beneficial for your home all year round, not just in the winter. One of the biggest reasons homeowners are losing heat and energy from their domestic heating oil is through a lack of or poor quality insulation. Home insulation is a great investment, and we’re here to give you the four benefits of insulating your home to help you decide whether it’s worth your investment. 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.

Advantages of a Well Insulated Home:

1. 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.

One of the many benefits of home insulation is that it can help cut the cost of both heating and cooling by up to 40%. However, this depends on several factors such as the size of your home and type of property, to keep the bills as low as possible.

Home insulation could decrease your energy bills by. Although loft insulation, for example, would be an initial spend of approximately £300, this will pay for itself in two years with the savings you make! Also, if you already have insulation installed in your loft but it is not up to the recommended 270mm, you could make further savings by simply topping up the thickness for a small price!

Improving the insulation on the roof, walls and windows mean 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 it run more efficiently.

2. Reduces Heat Loss

Due to the fact that hot air in your home rises and escapes through the roof, this means that insulating your attic will prevent the hot air from escaping and trap it inside. Therefore, 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 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.

3. Reduced Environmental Impact

Homeowners are becoming increasingly mindful of the environmental impact building materials used in their homes have.

Another benefit of insulating your home is that it will have a significant effect on the reduction of thermal energy consumption. This, in turn, reduces carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. This is important because carbon dioxide is responsible for approximately two-thirds of the energy imbalance that is resulting in the rise of the Earth’s temperature.

An increase in the level of carbon dioxide across the world results in an excess of greenhouse gases that trap additional heat. This contributes to melting ice caps and rising ocean levels, which can cause flooding.

By reducing the release of these emissions from your home, you can promote healthy sustainability for the environment. To find out more on how you can reduce your home’s environmental impact, check out our blog post on getting your home running with ‘zero carbon’.

4. Comfort

Dry, warm and comfortable to live in is the expectation we have of most homes. However, this is unfortunately not always the case in a house. Another benefit of home insulation is that 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 really is a win-win!

Home insulation also prevents condensation from occurring, which can result in damp and mould. This can damage the paint, plaster and wallpaper in your home. What’s more, damp in the home can even have a negative impact on your health and cause chronic health problems such as asthma, depending on the level of severity.

Deciding how to heat up your home efficiently can be a daunting task, so for more information on domestic heating oil requirements and domestic oil delivery, contact your local depot. You can also browse our informative FAQs section to learn more about heating oil types, systems, prices, safety and maintenance.