At DMS Installers we want you to know about all ways in which you can reduce energy use and save money in your home. This guide provides information about the different types of insulation available for you and their benefits.
Insulating your home is essential to reduce your energy use and to save money on your energy bills. There are many types of insulation, and DMS are experts in every aspect of insulating your home. It is essential insulation is installed correctly, not just to reduce energy use, but to ensure your insulation only creates positive results. Poorly fitted insulation can block essential air flow around your home, leading to dampness and condensation. Poorly fitted insulation can become a fire risk, and can even allow water to cross the cavity. Getting DMS to install your insulation not only ensures insulation is fitted correctly, but also provides peace of mind with independent guarantees on top of our own workmanship insurance and guarantee.
One of the most popular ways to reduce your energy use is to insulate your loft. We ensure insulation is of the highest quality and use recycled material produced locally to reduce our carbon footprint. The minimum level of insulation we would recommend is 270mm, but we also top up to 300mm or 400mm if desired. Insulating your loft is one of the best ways to retain heat within your home. According to the Energy Savings Trust you can save between £135 and £240 per year on your energy bills by increasing your loft insulation to 270mm. We consider a couple of factors when installing loft insulation, such as airflow and protecting downlighters from being covered.
Cavity Wall Insulation
Cavity wall insulation is suitable for most properties, although there are a few considerations to take into account. The condition of the outer wall must be of sufficient standard to resist moisture, we inspect the outer leaf to ensure the cavity wall insulation is only installed in suitable properties. We have a choice of wool, or the premium bonded silver bead insulation. Bonded bead is more appropriate for more exposed areas, and in some cases a water proof coating is even required or external repairs advised prior to installation of cavity wall insulation. Our expert surveyors will thoroughly inspect the property and advise accordingly. Cavity wall insulation can offer considerable savings on energy use and help keep your home warmer as a result. It is also known to reduce condensation problems on inner walls by raising the temperature of these walls through reducing heat loss through the cavity.
Underfloor insulation can not only reduce your energy bills, it can help reduce draughts coming from under the floor. We install 2 types of underfloor insulation, depending on your preference. The standard installation method is to gain access to the crawl space, netting wool insulation into position. This installation method requires sufficient access space, generally 60cm, under the suspended wooden floor. This can be upgraded to a thin silver foil enclosed bubble wrap, offering the same insulation levels as 100mm of fibre wool, for little extra cost. The foil has the same insulation properties, but has the added benefit of preventing moisture and air completely. For properties without sufficient crawl space under the suspended timber floor, or solid floors, insulation can still be applied above floor level. There are a number of solutions available, some designed for use with underfloor heating, and some designed to be laid on top of wood or concrete floors. We would carry out a free survey to help choose the most suitable product for your property.
Pipe insulation is generally applied to the loft, or below flooring when insulation is applied. We offer lagging on its own, or as part of additional services. Pipe lagging or insulation is essential when insulating as the insulation will result in these areas becoming colder. Pipe insulation is cheap to apply, and will help prevent freezing of pipes in cold weather. We offer standard lagging for out of sight areas, and offer premium foil covered insulation for where pipes are visible, such as indoors or in garages. As well as increased insulation properties, foil clad lagging offers increased aesthetics. Lagging hot water pipes and central heating pipes helps reduce heating bills by preventing heat being wasted and escaping where it is not needed. Lagging central heating pipes can be carried out during installation of a new heating system or boiler, or our insulation fitters can carry this job out on its own. Insulating your central heating pipework will create a more efficient heating system, delivering heat to your radiators rather than escaping within loft or underfloor areas.
With most lofts being colder due to increased insulation, cold water tanks should be insulated to prevent freezing. Insulating your tanks costs little, and can prevent an inconvenient or expensive incident from occurring. If your cold water tank has not been insulated, contact us to find out how little this can cost to fix. Insulating hot water tanks or cylinders is a cheap way to reduce water heating costs, and help keep you hot water tank warmer for longer. Contact Us at DMS for further information on your insulation choices.