Staying Warm This Winter – Home Insulation – Passive House Insulation
At this time of year, the quality of insulation in your home is of paramount importance. If you’re anything like me, being cold is something you just can’t stand, especially when in your own home! Passive house insulation is designed to create an energy-efficient and comfortable living environment.
What is passive house insulation?
Passive house insulation, also known as Passive House building standards or Passivhaus, is an advanced and rigorous approach to designing and constructing highly energy-efficient buildings. It is based on a set of principles that aim to create homes and structures with exceptionally low energy consumption, exceptional comfort, and superior indoor air quality. Passive house insulation is a critical component of achieving these objectives.
How to know if your home is well insulated?
There are a couple of quick and easy checks you can make to find out how well insulated your home is.
Are your energy bills particularly high?
Do the interior walls, floors and ceilings in your home feel cold to the touch?
In the winter months, do you feel chilly draughts in certain areas in your home?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it is safe to assume that your home in under insulated.
With passive house insulation, you can significantly reduce heating and cooling costs.
Why is insulating your home so important?
There are a great number of benefits to insulating your home properly. Firstly, the thing we all worry about the most, money! A well-insulated home can have a massive impact on your energy bills, bringing down the cost of heating your home, meaning you have more money to spend on the things you enjoy in life!
Aside from the economic impact, it’s a mood changer! Having a warm and cosy home is a guaranteed way to make you and your family feel far more happy and comfortable during the winter months. Passive house insulation relies on advanced materials and construction techniques to minimise heat loss.
Draught proofing your home has a different kind of benefit. Ever wondered how the spiders and other creepy crawlies find their way into your home? They come in exactly the same way as those cold draughts! Around your windows and doors.
Not only does insulation and draught-proofing help with keeping your home warm in winter, it also helps to keep you cool in those hot summer months (alright, not months, days!) and reduces noise pollution in your home.
What should you be doing about all of this?
It is definitely worth having a chat with an insulation professional (and yes, we might know a few!). As every property is different, they will be able to advise you how best to keep your home warm. Investing in passive house insulation is a smart choice for long-term energy savings.
The most common places to start in your home are in the loft and around the pipework and hot water tanks.
If you’re looking for a DIY solution, you can purchase insulating tape online or from builders merchants. Don’t forget this is a market we service with a number of our adhesives so can point you in the right direction if you’re looking to speak with professionals in your area! This tape can be applied around the doors, windows and loft hatch in your home to prevent draughts. You can also purchase loft insulation and pipe covers to quickly increase the efficiency of your home. Passive house insulation not only keeps your home cozy in winter but also maintains a comfortable temperature during hot summers.
We hope this blog has given you some tips and ideas for staying warm this winter in your home.
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