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Insulation

Insulation is a measure used to reduce heat flow, either by keeping heat in or out of a building. Insulation is typically used to keep heat inside the building during colder months and prevent it from entering during warmer months, which can help reduce energy consumption and lower heating and cooling costs. 

Insulation works by slowing down the transfer of heat through walls, ceilings, and floors. Heat can be transferred in three ways: conduction, convection, and radiation. Insulation is designed to reduce all three types of heat transfer. 

Proper insulation is important for maintaining a comfortable and energy-efficient home. The right amount and type of insulation can help keep heating and cooling costs down, reduce energy waste, and create a more comfortable living environment. 

According to the UK government, around two-thirds of the properties in the UK were built before 1980 and may have insufficient insulation. This means that a significant portion of the UK’s housing stock may not meet modern energy efficiency standards, leading to higher energy bills, increased carbon emissions, and reduced comfort for residents. 

Energy Efficiency:

Insulation helps reduce the amount of energy needed to heat or cool a building, as it prevents the transfer of heat between the interior and exterior of the building. This means that a properly insulated building requires less energy to maintain a comfortable temperature, resulting in lower energy bills.

Reduced Carbon Footprint:

Since insulation helps reduce energy consumption, it also helps reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that a building generates. This makes insulation an environmentally-friendly choice that can help lower your carbon footprint.

Moisture Control:

Insulation can help prevent moisture from entering a building, which can lead to mould and mildew growth. This can help improve indoor air quality and prevent health problems associated with mould exposure.

Improved Comfort:

Insulation helps maintain a consistent temperature throughout a building, which can improve comfort levels. This means that occupants will be less likely to experience hot or cold spots, which can be uncomfortable.

Types of Insulation

There are many material and ways to insulate a property, below are the ones we use at Smart Energy Homes and are approved under the ECO4 guidelines. 

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Cavity Wall Insulation

Cavity wall Insulation

Cavity wall insulation is a type of insulation that is used to fill the cavity between the inner and outer walls of a building. At Smart Energy Homes we use the Climebead system it consists of small beads of polystyrene that are mixed with a special adhesive and then pumped into the cavity using specialised equipment. 

The insulation material is injected into the cavity through small holes drilled into the outer wall of the building, typically at regular intervals of around 1 meter. Once the insulation material is injected, the holes are filled, and the wall is restored to its original appearance. 

A cavity wall insulation installation could take between 1-2 days

Internal Wall Insulation

Internal Wall Insulation

Internal wall insulation refers to the process of insulating the interior surface of an external wall in a building. This is done by adding a layer of insulation material to the inner surface of the wall, which helps to reduce heat loss from the building and improve its energy efficiency. 

Internal wall insulation can be a cost-effective way to improve the energy efficiency of older buildings that may not have insulation in the walls, without the need for major structural alterations. It can also help to improve comfort levels in the building by reducing drafts and improving temperature stability. 

The insulation material can be in the form of rigid panels, foam boards, or flexible rolls, and is typically fixed to the wall using an adhesive or mechanical fixings. Once installed, the insulation material is covered with a layer of plasterboard then plastered to create a smooth and even surface. 

A typical internal wall insulation installation could take between 1-3 weeks

Loft Insulation

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Loft insulation is the most commonly known forms of insulation in the UK and a popular and effective way to improve the energy efficiency of a home. It involves adding layers of insulation material to the floor of the loft space, which helps to reduce heat loss through the roof and keep the home warmer in winter. 

There are several materials that can be used for loft insulation, the most widely used being mineral wool. The insulation material is laid between the joists, with additional layers added to achieve the government recommended amount of 270mm. 

A typical loft insulation installation could take between 1-2 days

Room In Roof Insulation

Room In Roof Insulation

Room in roof insulation, is a process of insulating a converted roof space of a building. This is done by adding insulation material to the floor of the roof space, which helps to prevent heat loss from the living space and improve the building’s energy efficiency. 

The material is installed between the ceiling joists or over the ceiling, and the walls of the roof space are also insulated. 

Room in roof insulation can be a cost-effective way to improve the energy efficiency of a building, as it helps to reduce the amount of heat that escapes through the roof. It can also help to create a more comfortable living space by reducing drafts and improving temperature stability, especially in a loft conversion which can become hotter in the summer months and colder during the winter. 

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Under Floor Insulation

Underfloor insulation

Underfloor insulation is a smart and efficient way to improve the energy efficiency of your home. It involves adding a layer of insulation to the underside of the floorboards or between the floor joists to reduce heat loss and improve thermal performance. 

Underfloor insulation works by creating a barrier that prevents heat from escaping through the floor. It is particularly effective in buildings with suspended timber floors, where the floorboards sit on timber joists with a void between the floor and the ground. The insulation is placed in this void to create a barrier that prevents heat from escaping and keeps the space below the floor warmer. 

A typical under floor insulation installation could take between 2-3 days

Our Insulation Services

Cavity Wall Insulation

Insulation pumped from the outside of the house into the cavity between the outer and inner wall

Under Floor Insulation

Installed in houses that have suspended floors or a cavity underneath.

Room In Roof Insulation

Insulation is fixed amongst the rafters (the angled beams that support the roof). and finished with plasterboard partitions.

Loft Insulation

Loft insulation is a barrier of material in your roof space that traps heat. The Insulation is laid between the joists.

Internal Wall Insulation

Insulation placed on the internal of all outer facing walls made with a stud wall filled in with insulation material, mineral wool fibre.

Wall Insulation

Insulation pumped from the outside of the house into the cavity between the outer and inner wall

Under Floor Insulation

Installed in houses that have suspended floors or a cavity underneath.

Loft Insulation

Loft insulation is a barrier of material in your roof space that traps heat. The Insulation is laid between the joists.

Room In Roof Insulation

Insulation is fixed amongst the rafters (the angled beams that support the roof). and finished with plasterboard partitions.

Internal Wall Insulation

Insulation placed on or in the outer walls of the house to help prevent heat escaping. 

ECO4 funding available

All of our insulation energy efficient measures are available completely free under the ECO4 scheme. To learn more and to see if your eligible visit our ECO4 page.

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