According to Home Energy Scotland, an uninsulated home loses a quarter of heat through the roof. And even if you already have some insulation in place, topping up your loft insulation can make a big difference. Here’s what you need to know!Read more: Topping Up Your Loft Insulation: Why you should do it now
Loft insulation is one of the most cost-effective and easy ways of improving your home’s energy efficiency. And one of the first things you should consider when looking to lower your bills.
According to the Energy Saving Trust Home Energy Check, you could save £223 per year. Simply by adding the recommended amount of insulation to your loft floor!
Installing Loft Insulation
Installing or topping up your loft insulation is typically quick and easy. Mainly because insulation comes packaged in easy-to-handle vacuum-packed mineral-wool rolls, known as quills. You can install it yourself as there really isn’t much you can get wrong. Apart from maybe putting a foot through your ceiling if you aren’t careful where you stand.
Here’s how: Lay down your rolls of insulation between and over ceiling joists. You can tear off lengths as you go to ensure even coverage throughout. Perforations in the insulation make it easy for you to get the right fit around your truss timbers.
If you are getting loft flooring, it’s an ideal time to think about topping up your loft insulation as well. It’s not much extra work for the fitters. And doing it later would require lifting all the boards up and relaying them again.
At a cost of approximately £380 for a typical 3-bedroom gas-heated home, you should be able to see the benefits within less than two years. Not bad, considering that loft insulation will last the property’s lifetime and you only need to do it once.
So, apart from saving you cost on your energy bills, it also increases the value of your home.
Proper loft insulation obviously keeps your home warmer in winter. But it can also keep your home cooler in summer, especially in upstairs rooms. By reducing the heat loss through your roof, your home will heat up quicker and stay warmer for longer.
Additionally, some of the smart thermostats on the market, such as Hive, Nest and Smartthings, allow you to set your heating to switch off when you leave home and back on again as you get closer to home. A shorter time to heat the house means even short journeys away from home can yield savings.